Canadian military builds camp to house refugees fleeing Trump

Canadian military builds camp to house refugees fleeing Trump

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE - Between 1000 and 1200 migrants were waiting to be admitted to Canada on the website of the border post of Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, said Friday the Agency Canada border services (CBSA).

The announcement comes as federal, provincial and municipal authorities struggle to handle a surge in people crossing from NY state to Quebec at unofficial crossings to take advantage of a legal loophole that allows them to claim asylum in Canada.

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

While the military is setting up the tents at the Canada-US 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.

Patrick Lefort, the CBSA regional director general for Quebec, said Lacolle border agents can process up to 230 migrants per day.

Officials at Immigration Canada said the number of asylum seekers illegally crossing into Quebec is averaging 200 per day, up from 50 daily two weeks ago.

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The Canadian Red Cross is now in charge of the operations at the temporary camp for asylum seekers.

More than 3,300 people crossed into Quebec between 1 January and 30 June.

On Wednesday, provincial authorities announced that they plan to turn the city's shuttered Royal Victoria Hospital into a shelter that will house about 320 people.

According to The Associated Press, those illegally crossing the border into Canada are doing so out of fear of being deported from the U.S. Most are Haitian nationals who have been living in the U.S. since an natural disaster hit their home nation in 2010.

The same could happen in Canada if an asylum seeker's claim is rejected.

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