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 July 7th and Sunday July 14th, 2019. Roxham Road, USA.
On July 7th we were unable to cross over in time into the USA because of long queues at the border due to the July 4th "long weekend".
On July 14th we arrived at Roxham Road earlier (2:30 pm) because the Greyhound bus schedule had changed. When we arrived we greeted the RCMP officers who were outside the building enjoying the nice breeze. We talked to one of them to ask what they day had been like, and he said unusually quiet. During the time we were there, there were no arrivals by taxi from the bus station, train station or airport and neither by private car. We stayed until just past 4 pm. Reflecting on our experience and what the RCMP officer had said earlier, we thought it likely that people who are undocumented in the US were hiding out after Trump’s announcement that he was starting nationwide raids by ICE on this very day.
Sunday June 30th, 2019. Evening at Roxham Road, USA.
We arrived after 6pm and met an academic who was conducting research at the border and had spent the afternoon at Roxham. Some of the report contains her observations of people who crossed during the hour before we arrived.
The first taxi brought 2 brothers from Pakistan and a friend who had travelled north via Central America. The same taxi returned with a young couple from Sudan. The woman was 7 months pregnant. Her husband asked for our prayers. The RCMP officer engaged with them and put them at ease. Shortly thereafter another taxi brought a family of 4 (a couple with two small boys). They were likely from South Asia. Next came a taxi bringing two men from the airport. One of the men had no luggage because the airline had lost his suitcase. They were English speakers from Africa.
Finally a taxi brought three passengers of African origin from the bus station. They were a couple and woman on her own. They had lots of luggage and struggled with it. They spoke English with the RCMP officer. The couple crossed first followed by the woman who struggled with one very large bag and a smaller one that popped open. She managed to get across without help.
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.