Two photographs sum up the differing approaches between Canada and the USA when it comes to refugees.
Donald Trump has struck a hard line on Syrian and other refugees from mostly Muslim countries, trying to impose a blanket ban on those seeking asylum (although his controversial travel ban has been suspended).
This is alongside a tough rhetoric against migrants, even floating the idea of using the national guard to ’round up’ illegal migrants.
So these photos, showing a group of African refugees jumping away from US border patrol into the arms of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, may not be such a surprise.
New York state police in Champlain were questioning a man in a taxi when four children and four adults fled the vehicle.
As Trump’s statements on refugees have caused concern, many have fled to the safety of Justin Trudeau’s Canada, often through the village of Hemmingford.
‘The RCMP aren’t there to treat them like bandits. They’re here to apply the law’, retired Canadian policeman and Hemmingford resident François Doré told CBCNews.
Crossing over the snowy border, the group in the pictures were met by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
American police claimed a man’s papers must be ‘verified’ but the Canadians offered medical care to the fleeing women and children.
The family dragged their luggage – including children’s prams – through the border.
The group were detained, as is usual for refugees, by the Canadian police.
While the men claimed to be from the Sudan and had a Sudanese passport some media claimed they were from Somalia.
The family had apparently been living in Delaware for two years.
Trudeau is said to be ‘very concerned’ with the rate of refugees crossing the border. The Prime Minister met with Trump this month.