As the family approached the border, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told them it was not legal for them to enter here. If they continued, he said, they would be arrested.
“I apologize about this,” the man replied, his voice unsure, “but I have to break your rules.”
The couple hopped across a narrow, mucky creek that divides the two countries. A Canadian officer gently grabbed the woman’s left arm as she held her son in the crook of her right arm, helping her up.
That family managed to escape safely from the US. However, not everyone is lucky enough to cross in good weather, in spots where they can be met by local officials.
A two-year-old member of a large group of refugees who walked into Manitoba from Minnesota on Saturday told his mom he wanted to die instead of finish the walk, a refugee from the group says.
'Mom, I want to die, you can go in the Canada. I want to die in the snow, you can go, mom, in the Canada.'"
And other refugees escaping from Minnesota have lost fingers and toes.
We really need to change the law and let US refugees apply for entry at regular border crossings. It'll be safer and more convenient, and it's the humane thing to do.