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 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 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.