How many migrants have passed through?

News 17 August, 2017
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    It is always impossible to know the number of migrants who have crossed irregularly the canadian border since the month of August.

    Boris Proulx

    Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 21:53

    Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 21:53

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    OTTAWA | Not only the canadian government refuses to make public the data it has about the influx of migrants to the border of Quebec, but he is careful also to explain why.

    It is always impossible to know the number of migrants who have crossed irregularly the canadian border since the month of August, the time of rapid increase of the passages that has forced the requisition of the olympic stadium, then the construction of a camp in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle by the army.

    Despite the insistence of the Newspaper with different instances of the Trudeau government for several days, some of the fundamental questions on the situation on the border of Quebec still remain unanswered.

    “Soon “

    A statement of the situation is, however, produced ” day by day “, has confirmed the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Immigration, Serge Cormier. In spite of everything, there was no question of making these data public for the moment.

    Even the data from July, promised for mid-August, are still not published. When asked why, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (CIC) responds simply, ” the data will be available soon “.

    It is also Impossible to know the number of children housed in military tents at the border, or even the cost to the taxpayers of this home. Each time, we redirect the journalists to a government website that is not up to date.

    However, it seems that fewer migrants were attempting Wednesday to cross the border between the United States and Canada on the way to Roxham.

    Under control ?

    This occurs in a context where the federal government says that the situation is ” under control “.

    The spokespersons of the ministries have corrected the journalists who talked of the “crisis” at the border, as ministers Marc Garneau (Transport) and Marie-Claude Bibeau (international Development and la Francophonie), according to which the situation ” is certainly not a crisis “.

    The same fate is reserved for the word ” camp “, which is not welcome to designate a place where to camp out between 1000 and 1200 migrants near the border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

    “It is not a camp, but a temporary lodging “, immediately responded a spokesperson for the border services Agency of Canada.