Tem­po­rary shel­ter for asy­lum seek­ers opens

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

Peo­ple hold up signs in sup­port of asy­lum seek­ers dur­ing a rally out­side the Olympic Sta­dium in Mon­treal, Sun­day, Au­gust 6, 2017. The sta­dium is now be­ing used as a tem­po­rary shel­ter for some of the hun­dreds of asy­lum claimants pour­ing across the New York-Que­bec bor­der ev­ery day. The city of Mon­treal has opened a new tem­po­rary shel­ter for asy­lum seek­ers in a build­ing that once housed a con­vent. Mayor De­nis Coderre says the shel­ter, which opened Sun­day evening and can ac­com­mo­date about 300 peo­ple, is well-or­ga­nized and suit­ably equipped. Coderre also says the city will con­tinue its ef­forts to find other tem­po­rary hous­ing so­lu­tions. He pointed out that be­tween 250 and 300 peo­ple are ar­riv­ing daily at the Canadian bor­der, up from 50 a day in the first half of July. Hun­dreds of them, many from Haiti, are al­ready be­ing housed at Mon­treal’s Olympic Sta­dium. In the United States, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­sid­er­ing ending a pro­gram that granted Haitians so-called ``tem­po­rary pro­tected sta­tus’’ fol­low­ing the mas­sive earth­quake that struck their home­land in 2010.

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