470 refugees were intercepted crossing the U.S. border into Emerson, Manitoba, in 2016—more than the three previous years combined.
Many experienced border crossers—having started from South America—take various routes to avoid detection through Emerson, a town of 600 people. Often through scrub brush, mud, snow and water, willing to tolerate the risk for one last chance at freedom that seems increasingly unlikely in Trump’s America.
After fleeing from beatings and risk of death back home, and long journeys often of detention and other perilous pathways, the entry to Canada is just their last mile of hell.
For Maclean's Magazine.