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, June 17th, 2018. Afternoon, Roxham Road, USA.
A hot humid day. On arrival the RCMP officer spoke with us and told us that only 8 people had arrived so far that day. He said that there had been fewer people arriving over the last while which reflects our observations.
While we were there only one group of people arrived at the border. It was a family from Nigeria: mother, father, a boy and a girl under 10 years of age and a girl aged 11. They had been living in the USA before coming to Roxham. They were all very stressed. We offered them water. The boy had to take some medication and took the water gratefully. The RCMP officer was polite and stuck to the protocol. The 11 year old girl crossed after the rest of her family and was afraid. The officer told her not to worry she would not be separated from her family.
Sunday, June 10th 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, USA.
We arrived at Roxham early. Around 4.10pm a taxi from Plattsburgh arrived with a mother and her three children who were originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Next came a single elderly woman from an African country. She appeared quite afraid. Both women raised their arms while crossing the border.
With the family, the RCMP officer stuck to the protocol however, the officer gave the single elderly woman a long lecture about the 'illegal' crossing, saying that she would be arrested and that she had the right to a lawyer.
Sunday June 3rd, 2018. 3.50 pm - 4.50 pm
It was a pleasant warm day. There was enhanced scrutiny concerning our presence in the USA due we believe to the protest - by groups from the far right coming from Ontario and Quebec at Roxham Road Canada side. We were held at the Hemmingford crossing for over 30 minutes while US border officials checked our identities and searched the car. After we arrived at Roxham Road, US side a state trooper lieutenant come and spoke with us. Then a state trooper car with two officers stationed themselves beside our car.
Because we were delayed at the border, we were only able to witness the crossing of one group of refugees. They spoke English and were probably of African origin and consisted of two men, one woman, a young boy and a young girl. They were treated according to protocol by the RCMP.
Its very unfortunate that the BnB welcome sign - which had been erected on private land with the full knowledge of the local RCMP - has been removed. We were told this order came from higher up in the command.
Sunday May 27, 2018. 3.45 pm - 5.15 pm Roxham Road, USA
A rainy chilly day. A total of 17 people seeking asylum crossed into Canada. First arrived two families from Sudan (three adults, two adolescents and three small children). Then came a man from Nigeria with two young children, followed by a couple from a Latin American country. Finally a woman from Angola arrived with a teenage daughter and two small children. While there volunteers spoke with an American journalist doing an indepth piece on refugees in the USA. RCMP officers kept to their protocol when intervening with each group of people who came to the border today.
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.