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, August 26th, 2018. Afternoon. Roxham Road, United States.
Another very warm day and BnB members were present to offer water to asylum seekers. Also present was a volunteer from Plattsburgh Cares and the photographer who had been there last Sunday. An unusually high number of crossed into Canada - 12 adults and 12 children.
First arrived a family of two adults and two children and a woman on her own, all from Nigeria.
Next came another Nigerian family (mother, father and six children) and a woman also from Nigeria.
A single Nigerian man arrived in the third taxi. The next three taxis brought: a French speaking couple (man and woman), a family of six (parents and four children) and finally a single man from Yemen.
The French speaking couple hesitated to cross but once they were told they could cross if they were seeking asylum they entered Canada. The RCMP officers respected their protocol and gave all the asylum seekers the same information: "It is illegal to cross here, if you cross, you are going to be arrested. If you want to cross legally, you have to go the an official border crossing." Everyone crossed without incident.
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.