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12 August 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.

Canada Border Services Agency spokeswoman Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr said the camp was being set up because too many people were crossing the border for them to be processed immediately.

Nearly 100 troops have been deployed to begin setting up heated tents in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolleto, about 40 miles south of Montreal, and directly across the border from Chaplain, New York.

The Canadian immigration ministry - on its Facebook page on August 5 - discouraged illegal entries and noted that messages posted elsewhere online suggesting that Canada is inviting people to seek refugee status were wrong.were wrong. All but a few will return to their home base once the site is completed.

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 natural disaster.

Around 250 asylum seekers are arriving each day in Montreal, the largest city in Canada's mainly French-speaking province of Quebec.

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There are now about 700 asylum seekers waiting to be processed, many of them Haitians who were allowed into the United States under temporary protection status after a massive natural disaster struck that country in 2010.

In the first half of 2017, more than 4,300 asylum seekers walked across the U.S. border into Canada.

The camp - consisting of modular tent shelters with floors, lighting and heating - aims to rectify this. Those who remain on site will be tasked with maintaining Canadian forces equipment.

Canadian immigration officials said the number of asylum seekers crossing illegally near the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle has quadrupled in the past two weeks, from about 50 a day to 200 a day. In May, the Trump administration threatened to pull the plug on a longstanding humanitarian program, potentially exposing as many as 58,000 Haitians to deportation.

Immigrant advocates said the rush is fueled by the uncertainty of whether the Trump administration will extend the temporary protected status (TPS) that some 58,000 Haitians received after an natural disaster devastated their country in 2010. But Kelly warned those granted TPS not to assume it would be renewed again. According to officials, the refugee camp will house the refugees crossing the U.S. border.

Hearings are crucial to establish a claimant's legal status in Canada. Many have since applied for permanent residency but advocacy groups have warned that some have been deported to Haiti.

Border Security is Important to Canada