Canada military builds refugee camp for refugees from US

A man hesitates before crossing into Canada

A man hesitates before crossing into Canada

"The Canadian Armed Forces are 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", the military said in a statement.

"We have about 100 personnel here on the ground who will set up 25 tents in order to house approximately 500 people", Maj.

Immigration Canada says the number of asylum seekers crossing illegally near the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., border crossing has quadrupled in the past two weeks from about 50 a day to 200 a day.

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

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The migrants fear the U.S.is becoming less welcoming and have made a decision to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada.

Officials said once the site was completed, only a few will soldiers will stay behind.

In addition, on Wednesday, public health officials announced the site of the Royal Victoria Hospital will be transformed into a shelter with 300 to 320 beds.

It will take about two or three days for Canada Border Services to process the 700 asylum applications.

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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". The majority of them, 3,350, crossed into Quebec, while 646 crossed into Manitoba, and 332 people crossed into British Columbia.

In the United States, the Trump administration is considering ending a program that granted Haitians so-called "temporary protected status" following the massive quake that struck their homeland in 2010.

The construction begins about a week after Montreal turned its Olympic Stadium into a shelter for refugees arriving from the US.

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