Canadian Army Sets Up Camp for Irregular Migrants

  • Canadian Army Sets Up Camp for Irregular Migrants

Canadian Army Sets Up Camp for Irregular Migrants

At a news conference Wednesday, federal, provincial and municipal government representatives outlined the efforts being made on different fronts to house the newcomers, most of whom are Haitians who had been living in the USA but who fear being deported back to Haiti.

While the military is setting up the tents at the Canada-U.S. border at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, soldiers will have no role in policing, officials said, noting those duties are handled by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

According to the agency it may take up to three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 applications for asylum.

Municipal authorities in Montreal had to create a temporary shelter at the city's Olympic Stadium last week to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers.

Daniel Le Bouthillier, a spokesman at the Department of National Defence, said the Canadian Armed Forces were aware of the hard situation that requires significant resources. The rest will go back to their home base.

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.

"This six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States, and should also provide the Haitian government with the time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients", Kelly said in a statement.

But U.S. President Donald Trump said he would end the protection when the term runs out in January and about 50,000 Haitians may be deported.

Canada's deportation ban, which was enacted after a 2004 coup and extended after the natural disaster, expired in August 2016.

"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.

The majority of those asylum seekers, or 3,350 people, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba and 332 people crossed into British Columbia.

Since then, many asylum seekers have tried to get refugee status in Quebec, a French-speaking province.

With the Trump administration's immigration crackdown this has led thousands of asylum seekers to cross the border through unofficial crossings such as the Roxham Road in St-Bernard-de-Lacolle.