On this blog page, we are posting information about our visits to the border at Roxham Road, USA side.
For more information about the purpose of these visits go to the news page.
We have also started to post our newsletters on the blog.
Sur ce blogue, nous affichons des informations sur nos visites à la frontière, Roxham Road, États Unis.
Pour plus d'info sur le but de ces visites allez sur la page nouvelles.
Aussi, nous avons commencé à poster nos infolettres sur le blogue.
Sunday April 22nd, 2018. 3.45 pm - 5pm. Roxham Road, USA .
A much warmer day but the wind was still chilly so people did take some hats and gloves. A total of 11 people (8 adults and 3 children) crossed over today.
First came a french speaking couple of African origin. 5 RCMP officers met them. The officer speaking to them was unfriendly, asking if they had really read the sign and that this was not the way to come in and it was not a god way to start of life in Canada. The couple walked over quickly which put a stop to any further conversation. Next came a single Nigerian women with 2 children about 8 years old. They were also met by 5 RCMP officers but the officer speaking to them was friendly. He told them to read the sign and they would be arrested. It was their choice. They crossed without much hesitation. Soon after this, 3 Haitian women and a baby arrived with lots of suitcases, a stroller and a car seat. The same RCMP officer spoke with them, speaking in Creole in a friendly way. The taxi driver was allowed to help them with their suitcases right across the border and then the other RCMP officers took over helping with the suitcases.
Finally 2 young Colombian women in their 20's with just backpacks arrived. There were no RCMP officers at the border. The BnB volunteer spoke with them in Spanish. They were very nervous and one had tears in her eyes. They took a couple of hats and asked what they should do. The volunteer showed them where to cross which they did. No RCMP appeared and the two reached the barrier at Roxham Road, Canada side before they were stopped by officers.
Chers tous et toutes,
Voilà une mise à jour rapides sur les activités du groupe BNB, ainsi qu’un rappel de regarder comment vous pouvez vous impliquer dans nos activités. Les notes de la dernière réunion ont sont maintenant traduites et attachées en français, et vous trouverez la liste des points à faire à la fin des notes. Je renvoie aussi un document sur la structure du groupe qui faisait partie du plan de communication avant. (Traduction en français par Google translation, changée un petit peu par moi-même…)
Nous vous souhaitons un merveilleux printemps et nous avons hâte de vous voir à la prochaine réunion, sinon avant,
Grace, Wendy, and Frances
BNB comité de coordination
Pour recevoir notre infolettre, svp nous contacter @ email@example.com.
Here is a quick update as far BNB group activities are concerned, as well as a reminder to check out the ways that you can get involved at the end of the notes of the last meeting (now also attached in French). I am also resending the minutes of the meeting, as well as a document about the group structure (which was part of the communications plan), for your information.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful spring, and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting, if not before,
Grace, Wendy, and Frances
BNB Coordinating committee
If you'd like to get on our newsletter list, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday April 15th, 2018. 3.45 - 5 pm. Roxham Road, USA.
A very cold rainy day. A total of 11 people crossed into Canada today. There were two families from Nigeria, one with three children and the other with two. Two single men crossed separately, one from Eritrea and the other from Nigeria. When the Eritrean man arrived at the border in a taxi, he was very nervous. A Bridges Not Borders volunteer spoke with him briefly and told him 'Not to worry, it will be ok'. At which point an RCMP officer told her that: 'If you go on talking to him, we can arrest you.' The officer kept the Eritrean man standing at the border for a long time while he repeatedly told the refugee that he would be much better off going to the Lacolle port of entry. The officers also attempted strongly to convince the other people crossing that they would be better off going to Lacolle.
Sunday April 8th, 2018. 3.45 - 5 pm. Roxham Road, USA.
A very damp cold day. A total of 19 people crossed into Canada today, mostly from Nigeria. First came a woman in her forties. Although she was not warmly dressed she was too stressed to stop and take some warm things. She crossed without incident. Next came a shuttle bus from the bus stop in Plattsburgh with three families: six adults and 12 children. Most of the children were age 5 or under and there were two adolescent boys. The RCMP officers only said what was necessary and did not attempt to coerce anyone into going to the official port of entry at Lacolle.
Sunday, April 1st, 2018. 3.45 - 5pm. Roxham Road USA
A total of 21 people crossed into Canada this afternoon. First four Nigerian families crossed. This included two families composed of single mothers, one with 3 children and the other with four (one an adolescent). The two other families were couples, one with two young boys and the other with a girl and two boys. The RCMP officer who intervened with these families spoke to them kindly. He then left and was replaced by an older officer. Then a Honduran family arrived, led by a teenage boy about 16 years old and his mother (who spoke only Spanish) who was carrying a baby boy. They had only a small suitcase and a backpack for the three of them. The tone of the officer was intimidating. They were told they would be arrested and to go to the Lacolle border crossing. The teenage boy turned to ask the Bridges Not Borders volunteer what they should do. The volunteer informed him that it was their decision, but that they would indeed be arrested if they crossed. She also briefly explained why some people crossed at Roxham rather than at a regular point of entry, without trying to influence his decision. He then led his family back before the officer who once again told him he would be arrested and added "you will go to jail". With an uncertain nod to his mother who followed him, they crossed into Canada.
The border visit reports are written by the volunteers who were at the border on that day. There are about 15 active volunteers in our border visit committee.