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Refugees set sights on Canada

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 18:26:08-05

Many refugees in Western New York are applying for citizenship in Canada.

Chief Program Officer at Jericho Road Community Health Center, Dr. Anna Ireland said it's primarily because of President Trump's stance on immigration, which he says puts the safety of Americans first.

"I think these executive orders have left people nervous and anxious. I think they don't know what's going to happen. They don't know what it means for immigration in our country," Ireland said.

In 2016, 1,600 refugees left Western New York for citizenship in Canada. This year that number is expected to rise close to 2,000.

Organizations like Jericho Road are working to give immigrants hope in this time of uncertainty.