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.
border visit December 10, 2017Read Now
Sunday, December 10th, 2017, 3.45pm. Roxham Road, Champlain, NYS. A very cold afternoon. 13 people (women and children) crossed into Canada, all of Sub Saharan African origin, arriving in three separate vehicles. First a young French speaking woman arrived on her own in a taxi. The RCMP officer repeatedly (4-5 times) told her to go to the official border crossing at Lacolle and questioned her extensively about where she came from how she knew about Roxham road, why she was crossing at Roxham etc. She told him she had no family in Canada and he still told her she would be OK crossing at Lacolle border. Next came the Plattsburgh Airport shuttle with three family groups: a woman with a baby and a teenage daughter (who was very happy to get a pink hat and scarf!), another woman with a baby and two young children and a third woman with a baby and a young child. One of the women spoke French and the other two English. A second RCMP officer also told them to go to Lacolle border crossing but insisted less than the first. Finally a woman with a small baby arrived in a taxi. She was able to cross over before the officers came out of their trailer, so she was not questioned or told she would be arrested.
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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.