Growing number of refugees from USA arriving in Canada

  • Growing number of refugees from USA arriving in Canada

Growing number of refugees from USA arriving in Canada

Canada's military has troops assembling heated tents that will be capable of temporarily housing up to 500 asylum seekers who continue crossing into the country where it borders New York State.

Almost 100 soldiers will be in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, across the border from Champlain, New York, to set up the tents and add to temporary facilities already organized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canadian Border Services Agency.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) has reported it has struggled to secure the manpower to security screenings for refugee applicants hear cases in a timely manner.

The two ministers haitians sent in mission to Montreal before the influx of their compatriots who spend the canada-u.s. border illegally in recent days have not been able to specify yesterday how they had to help.

Canadian soldiers on Wednesday began setting up tents equipped with lighting and heating in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, a municipality in Quebec, to accommodate up to 500 people, many of them Haitian asylum seekers in USA who fear losing their deportation protections under the Trump administration.

Authorities have responded by opening additional welcome centres.

As many as 900 refugee claimants have been given beds in the Olympic Stadium. "They're all in a bad situation".

The modular tents are being erected in the town of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, 60 kilometers south of Montreal. The delays mean migrants have been forced to wait in an area with no beds, just benches and chairs.

The majority of the soldiers will return to their home bases once the site is completed, the Forces said. A few will stay on to maintain equipment.

Canadian immigration officials said the number of asylum seekers crossing illegally near the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle has quadrupled in the past two weeks, from about 50 a day to 200 a day. In May, the Trump administration threatened to pull the plug on a longstanding humanitarian program, potentially exposing as many as 58,000 Haitians to deportation.

The measure was adopted by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) administration after the 2010 natural disaster, but now the Department of National Security considers Haiti as a safe country. But Kelly warned those granted TPS not to assume it would be renewed again.

Like the United States, Canada had a deportation ban on Haitians after a 2010 quake.

The Canadian military has begun setting up tents near the U.S. border to house a growing number of refugees from the United States. The migrants hope is to gain legal status through the relatively forgiving Canadian asylum laws. Many have since applied for permanent residency but advocacy groups have warned that some have been deported to Haiti.

The Trudeau government ended its own TPS designation for Haitians a year ago, inviting its 3,200 holders to apply for residency on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.