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, January 7th 2018, 3.45 pm. Roxham Road, Champlain, USA.
About -13 C. When we arrived an RCMP officer came to the edge of the border to talk to us and we had a friendly exchange. Later a single Francophone man of sub-saharan African origin arrived. The RCMP officer simply explained he would be arrested and could consider going to Lacolle to avoid arrest but there was no coercion. The man crossed over quickly. Next a family of four from a Middle Eastern country arrived. They intended to cross the border tomorrow and were coming to see it for themselves. They asked us what would happen to them once they crossed into Canada and explained to us the dangers they had faced and why they wanted to seek asylum in Canada. Then a large taxi van arrived with two families of four each: a family from South Sudan with two young children and a Nigerian family consisting of a mother, two teenagers and a girl. A second RCMP officer told them if they entered Canada and were refused asylum they would be deported back to their home countries (not necessarily true) but that if they went to the official crossing at Lacolle they could be sent back to the USA and this was a better option for them. His tone was aggressive and the little girl started to cry.
Another taxi arrived with a Nigerian family of parents, 2 teenagers and two young children. They were happy and grateful to accept coats, scarves and mittens as they were not that warmly dressed. They had been living in the USA for sometime and the mother said to me : They no longer want us here. The same RCMP officer gave them the same message about being deported back to their home country post refusal of asylum in Canada and encouraging them to go to Lacolle border.
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.