Canada's army builds tent camp at border

Published: Aug. 10, 2017 at 5:03 PM EDT
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Canadian troops are building a camp to handle a massive influx of refugees coming from the U.S.

Canada is currently dealing with a backlog of 700 asylum seekers at the border-- most crossing into Quebec-- at a spot in Champlain, New York.

The camp is being built with modular tent shelters that have floors, lights and heat. It can accommodate up to 500 people.

The military says the soldiers won't play a role in security and they won't help with law enforcement. Once the site is up and running, most of the soldiers will return to their base.

Many of the migrants feared they would be deported from the U.S. if they stayed and decided to try their luck seeking asylum in Canada.