On the brink...

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LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUN­NEL A man walks by a Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter he il­le­gally crossed the bor­der from the US into Hem­ming­ford, Que­bec, Canada, last week. The Su­danese man had hopped out of his taxi with a duf­fle bag slung over his shoul­der just be­fore day­break, and headed for the bor­der. Within a mat­ter of sec­onds, the man, who was brav­ing -6°C weather, was con­fronted by the fe­male of­fi­cer, who shone her torch on him. The Su­danese man, com­ing from Cham­plain, New York, was dressed in a sweat­shirt, pants and snow boots, and like some oth­ers, is seek­ing to build a new life in Canada as US 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 on 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.

PHOTO: REUTERS

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