The latest reports have it that at least 100 troops have been sent to the Quebec-New York State to help support beleaguered Mounties as they try to stem the flow of illegal border crossings.
On Sunday alone, estimates suggest that almost 400 migrants from the US (many including Haitians who fear that their temporary Asylee status is on the verge of being revoked), crossed the border illegally.
Ostensibly, the troops are there to help build welfare facilities and migrant welcome centers, but suggestions are that this may turn into a more “long-term affair” are rife. There are further plans to turn the Quebec Olympic arena into a migrant housing building capable of holding 450 newcomers.
Back in the US, many are wondering if this might be the start of closer Canadian-American relations as the Northern neighbors perhaps realize what is happening on our Southern border.
The Latest on the increasing flow of migrants over the U.S.-Canadian border at a remote spot in northern New York and southern Quebec (all times local):
Canada has sent about 100 soldiers to a remote spot on the Quebec-New York border where asylum seekers are crossing illegally.
The Canadian military said in a statement Wednesday that the soldiers will help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency at the site.
They are preparing a place for tents that can hold almost 500 people. They will also install lighting and heating equipment.
The military says the soldiers won’t play a role in security and won’t be helping with law enforcement.
The military says that once the site is completed, only a few will soldiers will stay behind. The rest will go back to their home base.
The migrants fear the U.S. is becoming less welcoming and have decided to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada. Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone.
H/T: Miami Herald