Man­i­toba see­ing in­flux of unau­tho­rized bor­der crossers

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

EMER­SON, Man. — A small com­mu­nity on the bor­der between Man­i­toba and North Dakota wants fed­eral help for an in­flux of peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum.

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Emer­son Franklin saw 22 peo­ple sneak across the bor­der last week­end alone and had to put up 19 of them in a com­mu­nity hall.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s reeve, Greg Janzen, says vol­un­teers fed the group and kept an eye on ev­ery­one while RCMP and bor­der agents did in­ter­views. Janzen says he is send­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment a bill to draw at­ten­tion to the re­sources his com­mu­nity is us­ing. He says the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing across the bor­der il­le­gally has jumped in re­cent months, ever since politi­cians in the United States started talk­ing about new re­stric­tions on refugees.

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