On this blog, we used to post information about our visits to the border at Roxham Road, USA side.
Since the closure of Roxham Road on Friday 24 March 2023, we're attempting to keep a log of the info we have about refugees who have been returned to the US.
Sur ce blogue, nous avons affiché des informations sur nos visites à la frontière, Roxham Road, États Unis. Depuis la fermeture de Roxham Road le vendredi 24 mars 2023, nous essayons de tenir un répertoire des informations que nous avons cueillies sur les réfugiés qui ont été renvoyés aux États-Unis.
Sunday, August 26th, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, United States.
Another very warm day and BnB members were present to offer water to asylum seekers. Also present was a volunteer from Plattsburgh Cares and the photographer who had been there last Sunday. An unusually high number of crossed into Canada - 12 adults and 12 children.
First arrived a family of two adults and two children and a woman on her own, all from Nigeria.
Next came another Nigerian family (mother, father and six children) and a woman also from Nigeria.
A single Nigerian man arrived in the third taxi. The next three taxis brought: a French speaking couple (man and woman), a family of six (parents and four children) and finally a single man from Yemen.
The French speaking couple hesitated to cross but once they were told they could cross if they were seeking asylum they entered Canada. The RCMP officers respected their protocol and gave all the asylum seekers the same information: "It is illegal to cross here, if you cross, you are going to be arrested. If you want to cross legally, you have to go the an official border crossing." Everyone crossed without incident.
Sunday, August 19th, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, United States.
We arrived at the border at 2.25pm. Crickets singing, ragweed in bloom. Very quiet until 3.45 pm when a taxi arrived with a family of four from Nigeria. A man, woman and two teenage daughters. We offered them water but they already had their own bottles.
At the same time a woman who introduced herself as a social documentarian who has traveled to many countries photographing non-violent protests. She took a photo of the family as they crossed (without incident).
Soon after a single man of African descent came in a taxi and crossed quickly. At 4pm another taxi with a single man from Haiti. He also crossed without incident. RCMP officers respected their protocol.
Sunday, August 12th 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, USA.
A hot summer day. Only 7 people crossed into Canada while we were there. First came a young black French speaking mother with a daughter about 4 years old. She was very nervous. Nearly an hour later a taxi arrived with a 'white' man who spoke neither English or French and walked quickly across the border without stopping to listen. Finally came a family of four of African origin– mother, father and two small sons aged about 2 and 3. One RCMP officer was particularly kind helping the family of four with their bags and saying ‘Its okay now, you’re safe.’ Another officer was on edge with the single man who walked across without stopping.
Sunday, August 5th, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, USA.
A very hot day and many people were happy to accept the cups of water on offer. A total of 12 people crossed into Canada while we were there. First arrived a man from Haiti who was kept standing at the border while the RCMP officer repeated to him that he should go to Lacolle border. He directed the Haitian man to read the poster but it was not clear that he understood what was said to him or what was written there. He may only have spoken Creole. Eventually he crossed.
Next came a young man from Syria who crossed without incident. He was followed by a mother and daughter from Zimbabwe who also crossed after listening to the RCMP officer repeat their protocol. After this a family of four from Columbia arrived and entered Canada. Finally, four people from Ethiopia arrived (two women and two children) and they crossed after listening to the RCMP officer.
The earlier border visit reports were written by the volunteers who were at the border on that day, the later updates about the situation in the US are an attempt to keep a log of what we find out through our own visits in the US, or through contacts in the US.