Niagara Falls at the crossroads of two nations

Niagara Falls at the crossroads of two nations

Border communities like Niagara Falls are often the first place newcomers to America see, or the last place in the states they’ll visit before immigrating to Canada. Churches help ease those transitions.
Published: May 30, 2019 | Updated: June 17th, 2019 at 12:13 pm
The Potter’s House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls works to help residents of this border community, as well as those who visit either as tourists or as migrants looking for a better life.
The Potter’s House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls works to help residents of this border community, as well as those who visit either as tourists or as migrants looking for a better life.

Historic Niagara Falls has served as a crossroad for millions heading north to Canada or south to the U.S. ever since the Civil War.

In 2018 alone, more than 1.1 million travelers passed through Niagara Falls’ official ports of entry, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

BA mural inside The Potter’s House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls.
A mural inside The Potter’s House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls. The church has opened its doors for almost 100 years to people in need, church pastor Stephan Booze said.

The Buffalo-Niagara-area crossings are the busiest in the state and are among the busiest of any ports of entry along the northern border. This graphic shows the total number of border entries at the seven busiest crossings in New York since 1996 using data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Use the slider bar in the upper right to isolate a more specific time period.

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