More than 22 migrants have bolted from the United States to Canada over the weekend. They sneaked through the border in Manitoba province to request asylum reported the authorities on Monday. Those fled are mostly from Africa who crossed the border overnight on Saturday. Eight others had arrived on Friday reports said.
Emerson, 120km south of Winnipeg and close to the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota closer to the borders are recorded to have drawn greater numbers of asylum seekers since US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The Republican took office in January and signed an order which temporarily bans US entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, and for all refugees. Under a bilateral agreement, asylum-seekers from the United States are usually turned back at Canada’s border crossings.
However this rule doesn’t imply for those who have crossed the border illegally.
Unfortunately the people who reached Canada were terribly injured, some lost fingers due to the freezing cold. But temperatures were much milder this past weekend. Migrant arrivals, mostly people who are undocumented in the United States, are rising sharply in Manitoba.
Ninety-nine people crossed the border since the beginning of the year to seek asylum, local authorities say.