A Reuters photographer recently caught a picture of eight refugees fleeing the U.S. to find asylum in Canada. Out of those eight fleeing the country four of them were children.
The eight refugees were getting out of a cab near the border in Champlain, New York, when one of the men got detained and questioned by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer who seized their passports. They all ran to the Canadian border to the arms of Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) who greeted them with opened arms.
The RCMP officers helped them, one by one, lifting the younger children and asking a woman, who leaned on her fellow passenger as she walked, if she needed medical care.
The man that was detained spoke with journalists and said “nobody cares about us.” He said they were all from Sudan and had been living and working in Delaware for two years.
According to Reuters, “The man then appeared to grab their passports from the U.S. officer before making a run for the border. The officer yelled and gave chase but stopped at the border marker. Canadian police took hold of the man’s arm as he crossed.”
The family is now a nearby border office getting ready to be interviewed by police and to make a refugee claim.
With Trump’s executive order that discriminates refugees, more and more people are fleeing the country towards Canada. Asylum-seekers sneak across because even if they are caught, they can make a claim in Canada; if they make a claim at a border crossing, they are turned away.