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Canada sends soldiers to migrant border crossing

Aug 10, 2017

Credit Zach Hirsch / North Country Public Radio

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Quebec (AP) - Canada has sent about 100 soldiers to a remote spot on the Quebec-New York border where asylum seekers are crossing illegally.

The Canadian military said in a statement Wednesday that the soldiers will help the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency at the site.

They are preparing a place for tents that can hold almost 500 people. They will also install lighting and heating equipment.

The military says the soldiers won't play a role in security and won't be helping with law enforcement.The military says that once the site is completed, only a few will soldiers will stay behind. The rest will go back to their home base.

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

Officials estimate that 400 people crossed the border at the site on Sunday alone.