Manitoba RCMP confirmed their officers intercepted 22 asylum seekers between Saturday and Sunday illegally crossing the border from the United States into Emerson.
Jay Ihme with the Emerson Fire Department said crews were called at 6:35 a.m. to assist a woman who had fallen on the ice, during her walk into Canada. Ihme said he believes the woman was taken to Morris in an ambulance to be assessed.
Before the weekend, 77 asylum seekers had crossed the Emerson border illegally in 2017.
Welcome Place in Winnipeg is at full capacity, and has no room for anyone else to stay at one of their locations.
Salvation Army said it took in eight people on Friday, and expects to host at least another 20 people from Sunday morning’s arrivals.
They said they will not turn away anyone for now, and will create more space as needed.
1/2 From February 18 to 19, 2017, @rcmpmb intercepted 22 people illegally crossing the border near Emerson, Manitoba.— Border Services PRA (@CanBorderPRA) February 19, 2017
2/2 All of these individuals were brought to the Emerson border crossing and are being processed in accordance with the IRPA and STCA.— Border Services PRA (@CanBorderPRA) February 19, 2017
IRPA = Immigration and Refugee Protection Act https://t.co/hd85fLIB3K— Border Services PRA (@CanBorderPRA) February 19, 2017
STCA = Safe Third Country Agreement https://t.co/RAaLwSJXh5— Border Services PRA (@CanBorderPRA) February 19, 2017