How the Safe Third Country Agreement is changing lives on both sides of the border

An RCMP officer takes a last drag of his cigarette. There’s word someone is coming.

Standing on a muddy mound on the Canadian stretch of a rural road that’s become a freeway for people seeking refuge in Canada, the officer and two of his colleagues adjust their positions as a cab drives into view.

Three men step out.

“We have issues over here and we want a safe place to live,” the apparent leader of the group mumbles to a CBC crew on the American side.

After waving aside the stern warnings from the Mounties that they’ll be arrested with simple “yeah, yeah,” the three men leap over a ditch, landing in Canada.