Canada sends soldiers to migrant border crossing

2017-08-10 06:27
An asylum seeker unloads luggage at a processing centre near the Canada-US border. (Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press via AP

An asylum seeker unloads luggage at a processing centre near the Canada-US border. (Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press via AP

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Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle -  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 on 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 could 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 US 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.

Thousands of migrants are fleeing the United States for Canada via a remote back road in upstate New York.

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