An extraordinary number of people are fleeing north, seeking safety in a new homeland.
Thousands are leaving the U.S. for Canada and immigration supporters say the political rhetoric of the Trump administration is playing a role.
“SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT”
Many cross illegally, braving snow and frigid cold in a dash for asylum. They avoid border checkpoints and the risk of being sent back to the U.S. due to a pact dubbed the “Safe Third Country Agreement.” It dictates the majority of migrants to apply for refugee protection in the first country of arrival.
ROYAL MOUNTED POLICE
“Some are arriving fairly well dressed but others are not and at times have suffered from cold and exposure,” said Kyle Archambault, a criminal intelligence analyst with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Canadian authorities are saying that the migrants come from all over the world and cover a broad-spectrum, including families with children, some pushing baby carriages or carrying infants.
“I’m a father of two myself and lots of our members do have kids too so there’s no doubt that it’s touching,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Byrne of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.