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, 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.
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.