Refugees crossing into Canada from U.S. swell

Refugees crossing into Canada from U.S. swell

Refugees crossing into Canada from U.S. swell

Canada has sent about 100 soldiers to a remote spot on the Quebec-New York border where asylum seekers are crossing illegally.

The shelters have lighting and heating and are being set up in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, the Quebec border crossing where the bulk of recent asylum seekers have been processed.

The announcement comes as authorities struggle to handle a surge in people crossing from New York State to Quebec at unofficial crossings to take advantage of a legal loophole that allows them to claim asylum in Canada.

Heated tents will accommodate up to 500 people as Canadian border officials process mainly Haitians walking into Canada from the United States.

He said the wait is two to three days and there are now no beds, just benches and chairs. Over the same period, there have been 6,505 asylum claims filed in Quebec, second only to Ontario, which saw 9,440.

The prospect of facing deportation as early as January 2018, coupled with mounting anti-immigrant hostility from Trump, has motivated many Haitians to cross the border into Canada.

The city's old Royal Victoria Hospital, which closed in 2015, will also be opened up to new arrivals.

According to Dupuis, the present situation is under control and not all shelters are full yet, but warned that more room will be needed to cope with the predicted migration increase. Many Haitians who had been living in Canada for years have since raced to get permanent residency on humanitarian or compassionate grounds.

More than 50,000 people who were affected by Haiti's 2010 quake have been living in the United States under "temporary protected status" for seven years.

John Kelly, the then homeland security secretary, eventually allowed for a six-month extension to the program, which gives Haitians in the U.S. temporary protected status (TPS) as their country recovers from a series of disasters including the 2010 quake, a cholera epidemic and Hurricane Matthew.

The two haitian officials have stated that they maintain with the federal and provincial authorities in order to establish that it would be the best way for their government to help to deal with the "situation, not a crisis", said mayor Coderre.

The haitian minister of foreign Affairs, Antonio Rodrigue, and the minister of Haitians living overseas, Stephanie Auguste, in the company of mayor Denis Coderre.

Worried Haitians in the United States - many of them spurred by misinformation regarding the ease of obtaining residency in Canada - began crossing the border in increased numbers this month, hoping to obtain refugee status in Canada.

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