VIVE’S ROLE

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Buf­falo’s Vive cen­tre houses asy­lum seek­ers from across the U.S. and the world. Al­most all of Vive’s clients are at­tempt­ing to reach Canada. Vive will pro­vide le­gal ad­vice to its clients and help them as­sem­ble any pa­per­work needed for the first step in en­ter­ing Canada. Vive will sub­mit the names of asy­lum seek­ers to CBSA of­fi­cials at the Peace Bridge so they can be sched­uled for an ap­point­ment. It used to take two or three days to get an ap­point­ment. Now, it’s up to four weeks. Each day, Vive posts the names of the peo­ple who have an ap­point­ment at the Peace Bridge the next day, and Vive will ar­range trans­porta­tion for them to the CBSA of­fice. But that’s the ex­tent of the cen­tre’s ser­vices. “There’s this ru­mour go­ing around that if you go to Vive, they can get you into Canada, which is false to be­gin with,” said Mariah Walker, Vive’s Cana­dian ser­vices man­ager. “We don’t have any in­flu­ence at the bor­der.”

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