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 July 8th, 2018. Early afternoon. Roxham Road, USA
It's another exceptionally hot day in the midst of a heat wave. We arrived armed with water and cups. Only one taxi and one person arrive while we are here. At 3.30pm a young woman in her early 20's leaves the taxi and walks straight for the border, looking terrified. She does not want to stop or take any water.
She approaches the RCMP officer who says: 'Arrêt ! Arrêt!' She kept on going and then stops. He tells her in an angry tone (in French): 'When I tell you to stop, that means stop. What did you think I meant?' Her response was very quiet. He then asks ' What country do you come from?' She says Haiti. He then asks ' When was the last time you were in Haiti? How long have you been in the US?' She said she had been there for six months. In an unpleasant tone he pointed to the notice at the border and told her the protocol (it is illegal to cross here. You will be arrested etc). He then said 'It's your choice.' She said she understood and she was able to cross into Canada.
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.