500 asylum seekers at Quebec border to live in tent city

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Asylum seekers wait to be transported to a processing centre after entering Canada irregularly from the United States at Roxham road in Hemmingford, Que., Wednesday, August 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Que. — About 100 Canadian soldiers began arriving at the Quebec-U.S. border on Wednesday to help authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada.

They will assist the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency as well as other partners at the border.

The soldiers were preparing a site in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle where tents will be set up to accommodate close to 500 people.

They will also install lighting and heating equipment such as generators and fire-safety material, if needed.

All but a few of the soldiers will return to their home base once the site is completed, the Forces said in a statement.

It also said the military personnel will have no role in security matters and will not participate in law-enforcement tasks.

Many of the hundreds of people who are crossing the Canada-United States border into Quebec to seek asylum are of Haitian descent.

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