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 January 6th, 2019. Roxham Road, USA.
A milder winter day. We arrived a bit later than usual and probably missed some people who had arrived earlier in the mid afternoon. Soon after we got there a taxi pulled up with a lone male passenger who was from Nigeria and looked to be in his mid-thirties. He gratefully accepted a scarf from us. The RCMP officer who greeted him determined which language he spoke (English) and then went through the protocol (see below). He grabbed his bags and stepped over the border into Canada. He was the only person who arrived while we were there.
For Your Information:
The RCMP protocol consists of officers conveying these three points to the refugees:
A. It is illegal to cross here at Roxham Road. **
B. If you want to cross at an official port of entry you must go to Lacolle.
C. If you choose to cross at Roxham Road, you will be arrested.
It is not the role of the RCMP to deter people from crossing at Roxham Rd or to coerce them into going to the official border crossing at Lacolle.
** In fact it is not illegal to cross irregularly, according to Canadian and International law. See: http://www.bridgesnotborders.ca/myths-and-facts-2.html
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.