The United States used to be the gold standard for refugees setting out for a better life.
But ever since President Trump took office, and started cracking down on immigration, fearful refugees and asylum seekers have started illegally crossing into Canada in hopes of trading their American dreams for maple leaves.
This has had a profound effect on the small Canadian towns situated near the U.S. border, which have seen refugees from Sudan, Turkey, Syria and other corners of the world show up cold and hungry from difficult border crossings in the dead of winter.
Since the start of the New Year, 69 people have applied for refugee status in Canada after illegally crossing into the country from the U.S.
Dozens of refugees have been crossing from America into Canada over concerns about Trump’s travel ban and stricter immigration policies. Above, a family from Yemen are taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after walking across the border into Hemmingford, Quebec on Tuesday
Since the start of the New Year, 69 people have applied for refugee status in Canada after illegally crossing into the country from the U.S. Above, a man from Yemen crosses into Hemmingford from New York on Tuesday