All through the presidential campaign, people joked about moving to Canada if Donald Trump won. They even crashed the Canadian citizenship and immigration website. Then much to our horror, he won the arcane electoral college which allowed him to move into the White House despite not winning the popular vote. But true to their word, people are now moving to Canada instead of remaining in the U.S.—although it’s largely out of necessity instead of preference.
Canada has seen a recent influx of immigrants crossing over snowy remote areas near the U.S. border in order to seek asylum rather than stay in Trump’s America.
People who work with immigrants in Canada say these border-jumpers would rather be arrested in Canada than live in fear of how U.S. officials might handle their cases.
"There's quite an increase in people walking through illegally," says Cpl. Camille Habel, spokeswoman with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Some of them have endured frostbite and have lost fingers. Still, they are afraid and desperate enough to make the trip.
Hussein Ahmed and Mohamed Hossain moved as quickly as they could through the waist-deep snow. They were fleeing the United States for Canada, terrified but determined to get to safety.
"Sometimes we were crawling," Ahmed, 34, says. "It was terrible. ... I thought I would never survive such a field of ice." [...]
The men began having sleepless nights because of US President Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric. Then he signed an executive order temporarily barring refugees, and all travelers from Somalia. That was the final sign. They hatched a plan to leave.
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