Canada sends soldiers to USA border where refugees cross

Litter on the U.S. side of Roxham Road

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.

They are preparing a place for tents that can hold nearly 500 people.

Officials in Montreal have opened a new temporary shelter for asylum seekers in a building that once housed a convent, and said on Monday the city has received a demand to open even more spaces for migrants crossing the Canadian border.

Since late July, more than 2,500 Haitians have fled the United States seeking asylum in Canada, crossing the border into the Francophone province of Quebec.

When the camp is completed, the soldiers will return to their home base, with the exception of a few who will remain on site to maintain the military's equipment, the statement said.

The migrants fear the U.S.is becoming less welcoming and have chose to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada.

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Thousands of others have fled the USA since the beginning of the year via a remote back road in Perry Mills.

In May, Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would end the programme that extended temporary protection to Haitian citizens after the devastating 2010 quake.

Rodrigue said the visit was to show asylum seekers "the Haitian people and government are with them, are behind them and don't forget about them".

Numerous recent refugee claimants crossing into Quebec are Haitians who have been living in America for years but now face deportation.

It was granted after the 2010 natural disaster, but now the Department of Homeland Security considers Haiti to be a safe country.

People hold up signs in support of asylum seekers during a rally outside the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Sunday, August 6, 2017.

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