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 May 6th, 2018. 3.30pm - 6.30pm. Roxham Road, USA
A sunny pleasant day about 15C. In total 18 people crossed into Canada. First came a group of three people from Venezuela, a mother and teenage son and a young man. They spoke only Spanish and were very confused as they stood at the border. They did not understand what the RCMP officer said to them but saw her pointing in the direction of Lacolle. The teenage boy turned and was about to get back into the taxi but his mother called him back. The BnB volunteer told her in broken Spanish it would be ok and not to be afraid. They then crossed over.
Next a taxi arrived with 2 Nigerian women and three children. The officer said 'if you want to apply for asylum legally you must go to Lacolle'. Subsequently a single Nigerian woman in her late 30's arrived and the officer repeated the same phrase to her.
Later in the afternoon a single man of African origin arrived and when he went across the border there was no RCMP present. They accosted him after he crossed, Some 20 minutes later a Nigerian family arrived- mother, father, two teenage girls and two small children. The RCMP officer kept to their protocol and did not say anything off-script. Finally a single woman from west Africa arrived with a small baby on her back. There was no officer at the border when she walked across.
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.