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Canadian military builds camp to house refugees fleeing Trump

Canadian military builds camp to house refugees fleeing Trump

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

The camp, not far from the border processing center in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, about 60 kilometers south of Montreal, will be able to house about 500 people.

It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications. Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone.

Tents were assembled on Wednesday by the Canadian military as temporary shelters to accommodate a surge in asylum seekers crossing into Quebec from the US.

The IRB says that between August 1 and August 7 alone, 1,798 people showed up at an unofficial crossing from the US into Quebec.

Olympic Stadium In Quebec Turned Into Welcome Center For Refugees From US

Just last week Montreal chose to open its Olympic stadium as a temporary welcome center to house those seeking refugee status-of which about 70 percent are Haitians who worry they will be deported if they stay in the USA, due to changes in their protected status under the Trump administration.

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".

Under pressure to provide shelter for so many people, CBC reported that Montreal's "old Royal Victoria Hospital, which closed in 2015, will also be opened up to new arrivals" and capable of hosting at 320 asylum seekers.

To qualify for political asylum in Canada, refugee claimants must prove they are "not able to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution" or that they face "risk to their life, or risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment", according to Immigration and Citizenship Canada.

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