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 September 9, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, US.
A cooler sunny day, about 16C. At 3.15 pm a young man from Haiti arrived by taxi with a baby boy in a car seat carrier. He said he was entering Canada at Roxham because he 'had no choice.' At 4pm a group of three young people from Rwanda - two women and one man - arrived on foot so it is likely they had been dropped off further south along the road. Next came two sisters from Yemen who arrived by taxi. They were followed by another taxi bringing a young woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo along with two young men from Syria. And finally at 4.30 pm, a lone man from Pakistan, probably in his 30's, arrived in an airport taxi. When the RCMP mentioned the official border crossing nearby, this seemed to confuse him momentarily, but then he went across.
The RCMP officers stuck to their protocol and even helped two groups with their luggage. In total 11 people - 10 adults and one baby - crossed into Canada without incident.
Sunday September 2, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, US.
A hot day. 18 people (11 children and 7 adults) crossed into Canada today. Everyone was of African origin but since people were nervous and did not want to talk, we don't know where they came from or how long they might have been in the US. First a lone woman arrived in a taxi. Next came a family of five (parents and three children). Finally two families arrived in three taxis - a family of five (parents and three children) and a family of seven (parents and five children). Everyone crossed without incident.
However the RCMP did not always stick to their protocol. At one point the officer said to one group that '' It'll be much better for you to go to the official border crossing.'' This is incorrect as it is possible that someone who goes to the Lacolle port of entry to ask for asylum in Canada will be refused entry and sent back to the United States. This is due to the Safe Third Country Agreement which is the reason why people are crossing irregularly at Roxham Road and other places along the border.
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.