Since late July, more than 2,500 Haitians have fled the United States seeking asylum in Canada, crossing the border into the Francophone province of Quebec.
The federal government is deploying about 100 Canadian soldiers to build a temporary camp to house up to 500 asylum seekers near the Canada-United States border in Quebec.
"The Canadian Armed Forces is aware of the hard situation that is requiring significant resources of Canada Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other partners in the area of St-Bernard-de-Lacolle", said Koronewski. Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
Until now, there was no bed at the border to migrants who were only going through a temporary press center in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, before being sent on to Montreal. "The Canadian Armed Forces will have no role in security matters", Mr. Le Bouthillier said in an email.
Currently, asylum seekers are being temporarily housed in the Olympic Stadium, and with various community organizations.
Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil said in a news release on Monday that 2,388 asylum seekers are now being housed temporarily in Montreal. The majority of them, 3,350, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba, and 332 people crossed into British Columbia.
Refugee claimants, many of whom are of Haitian origin, have been crossing the Canadian border in significant numbers in recent weeks.
Many of those who have arrived are originally from Haiti and fear being sent back to that country should US President Donald Trump end a program that granted them temporary protected status following the massive 2010 natural disaster that devastated Haiti.
A large number of these migrants who enter irregularly in Canada are Haitians who fear that the government Trump revokes the temporary residence permit that had been granted to the aftermath of the 2010 quake.