Quebec calls on feds to close Roxham Road, says province can’t handle refugee influx

Quebec is asking the federal government to close a wooded border crossing south of Montreal because the province cannot handle the number of asylum seekers entering the country.

Premier François Legault says more than 100 asylum seekers enter Quebec every day from the United States via a rural road called Roxham Road.

The notorious unofficial border post was closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and reopened last November.

Under the 2004 Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement, refugee claimants who enter Canada outside of an official port of entry must be processed in Canada and cannot be immediately removed. in the USA.

The Prime Minister affirms that the federal government takes 14 months to study an asylum request and that in the meantime, Quebec must house and take care of potential refugees and make schooling accessible to their children.

Quebec Immigration Minister Jean Boulet told reporters at a separate briefing today that the province lacks the capacity to accommodate the influx of asylum seekers with dignity and humanity.