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Montreal Sets Up Temporary Shelters To Handle Influx Of Asylum Seekers

Montreal Sets Up Temporary Shelters To Handle Influx Of Asylum Seekers

Canada has deployed soldiers to erect tents near the USA border to temporarily house hundreds of asylum seekers crossing from NY state, officials said on Wednesday, an influx of mostly Haitians prompted by fear of deportation by the US government.

Numerous hundreds of people who are crossing the Canada-United States border into Quebec to seek asylum are of Haitian descent.

The soldiers will have no role in security matters and will not participate in law-enforcement tasks.

Representatives from the Quebec immigration, labour and education ministries will give an update about the ongoing response to the influx of asylum seekers crossing illegally from the U.S.

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

Mr. Le Bouthillier said most of the soldiers will return to base once the camp is set up. Even before the flow of Haitian asylum seekers Canada was on track to have the most refugee claims in nearly a decade.

"There is an enormous amount of fake information circulating saying that it is easy to come to Canada", said Marjorie Villefranche, general manager of Maison d'Haiti, a Montreal community center that assists Haitian immigrants.

On Wednesday, the Quebec government announced the opening of another facility, this one at the Royal Victoria Hospital with a capacity of between 300 and 320 places. The majority of them, 3,350, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba, and 332 people crossed into British Columbia.

The situation started in May when U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to remove the temporary protected status granted to almost 60,000 Haitians living in the country, given in the aftermath of Haiti's 2010 natural disaster.

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

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