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, April 29th, 2018. 3.45 pm - 5pm. Roxham Road, USA
A very rainy day. A total of 18 people crossed today. Everyone was of African origin and mostly English speaking. First came a group of four people, 3 men and one woman. In addition to the protocol with RCMP officers are meant to say, they told the refugees to “go enter legally at Lacolle “. Officers also asked them if they had relatives in Canada.
Next came two shuttle buses with several families (7 adults and 8 children). One woman with a baby on her back had bare arms and not coat. She was happy to receive a coat.
A different RCMP officer spoke to these refugees. He repeatedly said "Listen to me. You are not listening. I told you to listen to me” . He said to one man who was speaking with others: ‘ If you convince the others to come over, you will be arrested for human trafficking.” He also said to the people: “You don’t have a chance of being accepted. You will be sent back.” He also asked where one of the families was from. After some time standing in puddles in the rain, everyone crossed.
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.