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.
A pleasant autumn afternoon. Seasonably warm.
The first taxi arrived at about 3.40 pm bring four men. Two were related - an adult son and his father, from Columbia. A third was a young Venezuelan man and a fourth was a man of African origin, English speaking. They crossed quite quickly into Canada.
The second taxi brought a family from Nigeria - mother, father, a 10 month old baby on the mother's back, a girl about 6 years old and a boy about 11 years old. They had likely come directly from Nigeria and had a lot of luggage. The father was very anxious to manage all of it. We helped the girl and boy to organize carrying backpacks and some smaller luggage. The officer was very insistent that they must bring all the luggage over in one go and could not go back over the border to get more. This is of course very stressful for a family with heavy bags. It has always seemed nonsensical to impose this on refugees. They bring what they can in order to be able to start a new life with at least some of their belongings. According to the taxi driver he has seen an RCMP officer who actually goes across into the US to help people bring their luggage over, more than once! This was a heartening piece of news. In the end the family crossed into Canada without incident, the woman saying God bless you to us as she crossed.
In a short while the final taxi came from the bus station bringing a Haitian woman. She had very little baggage and was very nervous. We were able to reassure her and she marched bravely to the edge. The RCMP officer said very little and the woman crossed into Canada.
In all we saw only 10 people today - 7 adults and three children.
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.