Canadian Army sets up tents at Lacolle border to welcome asylum seekers

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WATCH ABOVE: Hundreds of asylum seekers are still waiting to be processed at the Lacolle border between Canada and the U.S. Global’s Phil Carpenter reports.

The Canadian Army is setting up camp at the Lacolle Canada-U.S. border in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que. to accomodate asylum seekers.

As of Wednesday, dozens of tents are being assembled to accommodate about 500 people and at least 100 soldiers from CFB Valcartier were called in to set up the camp.

“These [tents] will be used as additional shelters for asylum claimants who are waiting to be processed by the CBSA,” said Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr, a spokesperson with the Canada Border Services Agency.

According to the Forces, most military people will return to their home base once the site is complete.

The Canadian Armed Forces will have no role in security matters,” said Evan Koronewski, a spokesperson with the Canadian Army.

Last week, the RCMP boosted its presence at the border, setting up a tent and several porta potties; agents now monitor the crossing at all times.

“We stop them, we arrest them, we check them and then we pass them to our colleague at the CBSA,” explained Erique Grasse, a spokesperson with the RCMP.

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