TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 10: A man and woman, who appeared to be in their 30s, pulled up to the U.S.-Canada border in a taxi before making their way into Quebec on Friday. They were picked up by the RCMP.TORONTO, ON- FEBRUARY 10: A man and woman, who appeared to be in their 30s, pulled up to the U.S.-Canada border in a taxi before making their way into Quebec on Friday. They were picked up by the RCMP.Many refugees are fleeing US to Canada. We have three groups crossing to Quebec. (Allan Woods/Toronto Star) /Toronto Star (Allan Woods/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Photos captured by Reuters show refugees fleeing U.S. Border Patrol in narrow escape into Canada.

By Mahita Gajanan and TIME
February 19, 2017

A handful of asylum seekers have fled the U.S. for Canada over the past week amid an immigration crackdown in America under President Donald Trump.

Reuters photographer Christinne Muschi has captured several scenes of people trekking through snowy woods to cross the U.S.-Canada border by foot and enter Hemmingford, Quebec. Among her subjects are people from Yemen and Sudan trying to get into Canada after losing hope of obtaining legal status in the U.S.

On Friday, eight people, who said they were from Sudan, made it across the border to Canada, as U.S. Border Patrol tried to stop them, Reuters reports. Four adults and four young children left a taxi by the border in Champlain, New York and ran to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police waiting on the other side.

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U.S Border Patrol held one man, saying they had to verify his papers. The man then appeared to take his papers from the officer and run across the border, Reuters reports. The officer chased him but stopped once he hit the border.

Reuters reports that the officer said the man who crossed the border was in the U.S. illegally, and that he would have been detained if caught.

This article originally appeared on TIME.com

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