'We just want a peaceful life' - refugees and migrants flock to US-Canada border to flee Donald Trump's America

Refugees and migrants are flocking to the US town of Plattsburgh to flee Donald Trump's America and hiking across the border into Canada.

Undocumented immigrants fearful of being deported in the wake of a crackdown by homeland security are among those trying to seek asylum in Canada, as well as citizens of mainly Muslim countries, doubtful their refugee status will be accepted by the Trump administration. 

It is estimated that 2000 people have crossed over into Canada since Donald Trump took office. 

Rather than sneaking across the border into Canada, the people are coming to Plattsburgh and walking right into the arms of border police to be arrested. 

A loophole in the law means that if a person can make it onto Canadian soil, they're able to claim asylum.

And that is exactly what the people coming here want.

1NEWS US Correspondent Rebecca Wright spoke to a man who was trying to flee the country he has called home for over four years due to no longer feeling confident his legal refugee status will remain protected. 

"We just want a peaceful life. Raise our children, have a family but if the country doesn't want us then we will respectfully leave," he said. 

The airline manager was surprised about the way he has been treated in America due to being a legal refugee. 

"I have been working and paying my taxes here for four years, and they never gave me my greencard."

"I do agree with him [that] he wants to make his borders safe but not everyone is bad."

 As they reached the other side into Canada, the man and his wife were handcuffed and taken away by police. 

Our US Correspondent Rebecca Wright visits to the US town of Plattsburgh where people are making the hike across the border. Source: Q+A



Kiwi-made skin cancer detection app launches in Australia

A Kiwi app aimed at boosting early skin cancer detection has now expanded into Australia, which has some of the highest melanoma rates in the world. 

The app makes getting checked for skin cancer as simple as the click of a button. 

"The easier you make it to get checked, the more likely people are to get checked, and you can pick up skin cancer early," said Firstcheck founder Hayden Laird. 

"And that's what we're trying to do."

For the Taranaki man, it's personal. 

He got the idea after his grandfather was diagnosed with melanoma. 

"It's not the kind of thing you want to see anyone go through," said Mr Laird. 

Users take a picture of a mole or skin complaints with the app, map it on the body, and send it off to a local specialist for around $20.

They then receive expert advice within 72 hours.

Skin cancer organisations have said there's no substitute for getting checked out in person by a doctor, but anything that encourages early detection is useful. 

Firstcheck has had more than 10,000 downloads since launching in Australia last week. 

"The third case that went through the app was skin cancer and it only got picked up because the app was launched," Mr Laird said. 

It's a promising start when early detection of skin cancer could be a lifesaver. 

Along with New Zealand, the country has some of the highest rates of melanoma in the world. Source: 1 NEWS

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