A temporary police station built by the RCMP at Roxham Road to deal with the influx of migrants using the unofficial crossing to enter Canada from New York state will be demolished.
The federal police force will hold a press conference on Monday not far from the installation, which is about 50 kilometres southwest of Montreal, prior to its dismantling.
Tens of thousands of asylum seekers entered Canada via Roxham Road, which was closed last March. The United States and Canada signed an accord that closed the loophole in the Safe Third Country agreement and sealed the shared 8,900-kilometre border.
Asylum seekers have to apply for refugee status in the first of the two countries they enter rather than just at official ports of entry, a situation that led to thousands moving through irregular crossings to ensure their claims would be heard in Canada.
Roxham Road was always a popular crossing point for asylum seekers, but traffic at the site skyrocketed after new refugee restrictions were announced in 2017 by then U.S. president Donald Trump. The increase compelled the RCMP to establish a semi-permanent presence at the site.
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