A stampede of refugees used a spring blizzard as cover to cross the Canadian Border from New York State. The question is who organized it?
During a raging spring blizzard on March 14th refugees stampeded across the Canada US border from New York State to Lacolle Quebec. This is the first time since Donald Trump became President that a significant number of refugees crossed the border into Canada.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands are believed to have made it across
Authorities are questioning whether this is a sign of things (refugee numbers) to come and wonder who helped organize this group of border jumpers.
Prior to this refugees jumping the border were limited to a few a day. Yesterday under cover of the storm hundreds, perhaps thousands are believed to have made it across.
With numbers like this is it is clear they were organized. What not clear is was it done in the US or Canada?
A police roadblock and white-outs from the blizzard caused refugees to abandon their cars and run for the border.
American refugees entering Canada through official border crossings will be returned to America as per border treaties. If they enter by crossing the open border they can stay and seek refugee status.
Refugees have been making the border crossing individually or in small family groups. Earlier this week a refugee came close to death by attempting the crossing in sub zero weather. Mamadou’s nightmare: One man’s brush with death crossing U.S.-Quebec border.
This has lead border authorities to suspect that these refugees had help and organization to attempt the crossing when they did in such numbers.
Refugees purposely crashed the cars to keep the border security patrols busy
Rather than walking long distances through the snowy wilderness they drove close to the border in cars and used the storm for cover as they ran across the last fields and crossed the border.
Refugees purposely crashed the cars to keep the border security patrols busy while they ran the short distance across the border.
The border in this area is not secured by walls or regular border patrols but it is under heavy electronic surveillance. Sensors, cameras and drones collect data and send it to intelligence centers where the border is closely monitored.
Some were convinced that President Trump organized this to promote his border security plans
During the blizzard many of the cameras drones and sensors were not 100% functional so identifying the situation took loner than usual. When border patrols were dispatched, they had to contend with the blizzard as well.
Driving was slow and many of the cars purposely crashed their cars to block the patrols from reaching them. No one was seriously hurt but many crossed the border untouched.
The questions to be answered are:
- Who organized so many refugees to cross at the same time?
- How did they know the surveillance technology was not working in the storm?
- Who owned the cars that they used and crashed?
It’s also unclear if the organization came from the American side or Canadian. Some were convinced that President Trump organized this to promote his border security plans. Others thought that Prime Minister Trudeau had the border guards turn a blind eye to allow more of the valuable refugees into the county.