Mon­treal­ers gather out­side Olympic Sta­dium to wel­come asy­lum seek­ers from U.S.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered out­side Mon­treal’s Olympic Sta­dium Sun­day to show sup­port for the waves of asy­lum seek­ers cross­ing the bor­der from the United States. Mem­bers of the group stood on a hill out­side the en­trance, wav­ing signs and chant­ing mes­sages of wel­come.

Sev­eral in the crowd said they had come to Canada as im­mi­grants them­selves and wanted to show their sup­port for the new­com­ers. The Olympic Sta­dium is be­ing used as a tem­po­rary shel­ter af­ter the num­ber of refugee-claimants has more than tripled in re­cent weeks. The city of Mon­treal says be­tween 250 and 300 peo­ple are now cross­ing the Canada-United States bor­der ev­ery day.

Many of those ar­riv­ing are Haitians who are wor­ried they will be de­ported if the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ends a pro­gram that has granted them pro­tected sta­tus since 2010.

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