Since Donald Trump’s election, thousands of migrants have illegally crossed the Canadian border. Aside from a global outrage, the new decree on immigration to the United States threatened the undocumented immigrants who, chased by US authorities, try to run away. Immigration movement between the US and Canada takes place at the end of a country road in upstate New York. Thanks to social networks, migrants know they have to cross the border illegally and be arrested by RCMP officers. They can then apply for asylum.
They come from all over the world: Sudan, Turkey, Yemen, etc. They were attracted, to some extent, by a Tweet from Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, published in January : “For those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canada will welcome you regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength. #WelcomeToCanada”.
Photojournalist for La Presse for more than 15 years, Martin Tremblay covered local Quebec news, worked in Afghanistan, DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Gaza and Haiti. He has been editor and then photo director for eight years. Back to reporting since 2015, his documentary approach looks for the human in context.