Canada sets up border camp as asylum seekers swell in number

Canada sets up border camp as asylum seekers swell in number

Canada sets up border camp as asylum seekers swell in number

At Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have set up temporary facilities where migrants are screened and processed.

Many Haitians fear their fate if they remain in the United States, because of the anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions by the Trump administration.

On Wednesday, almost 100 soldiers were sent to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle - just across the border from Champlain, New York - to erect heated tents to temporarily house as many as 500 people, the armed forces said in a statement.

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.

The military would have no role in security matters, Le Bouthillier said in emailed statement, adding, "When the site is completed, the military will return to their home base".

A record number have crossed into Canada this year.

Most asylum-seekers arriving in Quebec are Haitians who have been living in the United States for years, but now they are facing deportation threats.

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

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Last week, Quebec's immigration minister, Kathleen Weil, told reporters that 150 people were seeking asylum each day, up from 50 a day in the first half of July, prompting the head of the union representing Canada's border agents to call the influx "a national crisis".

The camp - consisting of modular tent shelters with floors, lighting and heating - aims to rectify this.

Numerous arrivals are being housed in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium.

Earlier in the day, in nearby Hemmingford, some 40 asylum seekers sat under white tents at an impromptu reception centre that has sprung up on the Canadian side of a popular illegal border crossing.

Numerous asylum seekers appear to be Haitians who have been living in the USA for years and now face deportation, after Trump's administration decided in May to extend by only six months the temporary protected status granted after Haiti's deadly quake in 2010.

In May, then-DHS Secretary John Kelly announced TPS for Haitians would be extended one more time, until January 2018, with a strong indication that this will be the final extension.

The Canadian military is building a camp to house the growing number of refugees crossing the United States border, officials have said. 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.

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