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22 people were caught trying to flee Trump's US for Canada this weekend


The Canada Border Services Agency said 22 people were found trying to cross the border into Manitoba illegally this weekend.

Manitoba shares a border with North Dakota and Minnesota.

They're the latest in a recent spike in people fleeing the U.S., fearful for their lives under President Trump and his travel ban, which may be replaced soon. The Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement rules that people must apply for refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in. But some Canadian advocates argue the U.S. no longer counts as safe.

That law means people who arrive from the U.S. will be turned away at border crossings, prompting more dangerous treks to try to sneak into Canada in freezing cold and heavy snow. 

In December, two Ghanians denied asylum in the U.S. suffered frostbite on their journey to Canada and had to have several fingers amputated, CNN reports.  Nearly 100 people have crossed into the small border town of Emerson in less than two months.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said refugees are welcome in Canada.

But reporters have noted he hasn't changed any policies.

It seems such a complete nonsense for Canada to be imposing this separation. Like, what on Earth are we gaining?
Janet Dench, Canadian Council for Refugees

According to the CBC, if a family illegally crosses the border into Canada, a child may be allowed to enter, but the parents could be turned away.

Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, argues the law should be scrapped.

Last week, one refugee crossing on foot was found after walking 21 hours to Canada.

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