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Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada

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By Rod Nickel and Anna Mehler Paperny WINNIPEG, Manitoba/BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) – Refugees in the United States fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive U.S. presidential campaign are flocking to Canada in growing numbers. Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. …

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The new underground railroad

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Canada has a growing problem. Refugees are crossing the U.S. border, the CBC reports today. They’re going north. “This is right off the scale for us,” said Doug Johnston, a councillor for the rural municipality of Emerson-Franklin in southern Manitoba. Twenty-two people crossed from Noyes, Minn., last weekend alone. Another …

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Refugees flooding into Manitoba border community

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A burst of refugee claimants who illegally crossed the border from Minnesota into Manitoba on the weekend had emergency officials scrambling to convert a town centre into a shelter. RCMP said 22 people illegally crossed the border near Emerson, with 19 of those making the trek on Saturday. News Source: http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/02/07/refugees-flooding-into-manitoba-border-community

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Manitoba should prepare for more people crossing Canada-U.S. border: agency

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Settlement workers in Manitoba indicate with the large number of refugee claimants crossing the Canada-United States border, it is time to prepare for more. Rita Chahal is the executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, the province’s largest refugee settlement agency. “I think that we as a community we …

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Refugee families escape U.S. over Manitoba border, arriving in Emerson

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WINNIPEG — A burst of refugee claimants who illegally crossed the border from Minnesota into Manitoba on the weekend had emergency officials scrambling to convert a town centre into a shelter. RCMP said 22 people illegally crossed the border near Emerson, with 19 of those making the trek on Saturday. RCMP spokeswoman …

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Repeal Safe Third Country Agreement, says Manitoba lawyer

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Challenges facing immigrants and refugees have gained widespread attention since Jan. 27, when Trump suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, and stopped  nationals from Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran and Iraq from going into the United States for 90 days. A U.S. federal judge suspended the order …

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Minnesota: Gateway to Canada for rejected African migrants

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WINNIPEG — The men pay hundreds of dollars for middle-of-the-night cab rides north to the Canadian border. They wade into the Red River to dodge border agents in summer and trudge through waist-deep snow in winter. On Christmas Eve, two wandered in the wind-swept flatness and lost their fingers to …