Why so many asylum seekers are illegally crossing the U.S.-Manitoba border

The small Manitoba town of Emerson continues to be inundated with refugee claimants entering from the U.S., and local officials say groups illegally crossing the border are getting larger.

Emerson, located near the border with North Dakota, has seen an influx of refugees in the midst of harsh winter temperatures.

Many of the roughly 80 people who have crossed into Manitoba this year are African migrants who say they are worried they will be deported by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

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