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March 22, 2017
A man is told to stop by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer after he illegally crossed the...
A Picture and Its Story: "I just want to be safe" - crossing into Canada
A man is told to stop by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer after he illegally crossed the U.S.-Canada border leading into Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada, March 20, 2017. A Sudanese man hopped out of his taxi with a duffle bag slung around his shoulder just before daybreak, as he headed for the U.S. - Canadian border. Within a matter of seconds, the man, who sought to brave the negative 6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) weather, was confronted by a female Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer who shined her flashlight on him as he crossed into Hemmingford, Quebec from Champlain, New York. Dressed in a checkered sweatshirt, pants and snow boots, the Sudanese traveler is one of several people looking to build a life in Canada as U.S. President Donald Trump vows a sharpened crackdown on America's illegal immigrants. "Stop, you have to stop," the officer insisted, grabbing his arm. Over and over again, the man, who did not provide his name, muttered as if speaking to himself: "I need to be safe, I need to be safe, I just want to be safe." He kept walking, desperately trying to plow past the officer. He only stopped when the officer told him, almost empathetically: "You're in Canada already. You're in Canada. You're here." Now, with no reluctance, he put his hands in the air as she told him he was under arrest and that he had entered Canada illegally. The exchange lasted all of four minutes. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo SEARCH "CANADA STORY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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