Man­i­toba talk­ing to feds on refugee cross­ings says premier

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

Man­i­toba Premier Brian Pal­lis­ter says the prov­ince and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment are dis­cussing op­tions to deal with a ris­ing num­ber of refugees cross­ing the bor­der from the United States.

Pal­lis­ter won’t re­veal de­tails, but says there has al­ready been a call with the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

He says his first con­cern is the se­cu­rity of Man­i­to­bans, but he is also con­cerned about peo­ple seek­ing refuge in the prov­ince.

Twenty-one peo­ple were ar­rested on the week­end at the Canada-U.S. bor­der near Emer­son.

Many of the re­cent ar­rivals are orig­i­nally from African na­tions and have been liv­ing in the U.S., but are wor­ried about a crack­down on im­mi­grants there.

The refugees have been cross­ing in sub­zero tem­per­a­tures — away from of­fi­cial bor­der points to avoid be­ing turned back — in Man­i­toba, Que­bec and else­where.

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Man­i­toba premier Brian Pal­lis­ter

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