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 March 1st, 2020. Afternoon at Roxham Road, US.
A sunny afternoon but on the cool side. 14 people crossed while we were there: 7 adults and 7 children from four different countries. We arrived at 3:45 after being delayed at the border by visa paperwork (one of us is a permanent resident and needs a visa for the US).
At 4 pm two taxis arrived from two different companies with two families from Afghanistan who knew each other. Altogether there were 4 adults and 7 children of all ages (from toddler to teenager). The first family had 3 daughters and the second 2 daughters and 2 sons. The men spoke English and one of them did most of the talking with the RCMP officer. One of the men said to a volunteer that he recognized her because he had seen her on Youtube - probably a media interview.
As the families were crossing the shuttle bus taxi arrived with a lone passenger: a young woman with short green hair from Sierra Leone who was bare-legged wearing a sweater dress, running shoes and a light jacket. We gave her a hat and gloves and scarf which she accepted gladly. Right behind her another taxi arrived with a young man from Uganda who was warmly dressed.
Finally, just before 5 a taxi arrived with a man from Yemen who refused gloves and rsuhed over the border without hesitation. The RCMP officer had to repeat 'Stop' a few times so he could say his piece, which included 'You have the right to remain silent.'
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.