One hundred tents at the border for up to 500 asylum-seekers

News 9 August, 2017
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    Matthew Payen

    Wednesday, 9 August 2017 11:39

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    The canadian army deployed its staff to the Lacolle border crossing to install a hundred tents to house 500 asylum seekers.

    Until now, there was no bed at the border to migrants who were only going through a temporary press center in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, before being sent on to Montreal.

    Now, they will be able to sleep a few hours waiting for the customs officers to do security checks.

    “We are at about 250 migrants from the border to this place every day and we expect volumes most important to come,” said Patrick Lefort, regional Director general of the border services Agency of Canada.

    Mr. Lefort says that the army has been asked to provide not only tents and beds, but also a toilet, food, water and diapers for babies.

    “It is summer, but the nights are cool sometimes, so we want to give these people comfort,” he said.

    A large number of these migrants who enter irregularly in Canada are Haitians who fear that the government Trump revokes the temporary residence permit that had been granted to the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.


    – With the QMI Agency