Canadian residents living on the border claim they have seen an influx of illegal migrants crossing into Canada following Trump’s recent immigration crackdown, according to Reuters.
“They banged pretty hard, then ‘ring-ring-ring’ the doorbell,” a French mother of two young girls told Reuters, describing a recent incident in which 16 asylum seekers crowded her house in the middle of the night. “It was scary. That really woke me up.”
Reuters reports hundreds of asylum seekers, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, are heading north into towns like Emerson. The town, which houses 650 residents, is now on edge, as residents are becoming increasingly concerned about the cost of large crowds of illegal immigrants.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing pressure from both the left — who want to welcome the illegal migrants — and the right, who fear a security risk.
“It could become a real political liability for the government,” Christian Leuprecht, a politics professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, told Reuters.
Others in the area are already facing similar conflicts that are constantly being debated here in the U.S.
“We feel sorry for the people,” retired grain farmer Ken Schwark told Reuters in an interview. “I just wish they would come through the legal way.”
An Emerson Cafe manager said she doesn’t see how Canada can help these refugees since it already has a poor population that needs help and assistance.
“We can’t even take care of our own,” Jacquelyn Reimer said.
It is reported that 143 people, most of them Somalian, walked illegally over the border into Emerson in January and February. Other policed areas of Canada refused to provide Reuters with their illegal migrant data.
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Emerson-Franklin’s elected leader, Greg Janzen claims firefighters in Emerson have experienced an increased number of ambulance calls to the area, which costs the city $500 per call.
Other reports indicate police in Emerson are being forced to temporarily house migrants in the town’s ice rink.
“The groups are getting bigger, and the stories are scary … how far they’ve walked,” Brenda Piett told Reuters. “But it does affect our town. Some people are very scared of it.”
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