(THE BLAZE) — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police apprehended 22 refugees over the weekend as they tried to illegally cross the border into Canada from the U.S.
The nearly two dozen individuals were apprehended late Saturday near Emerson, Manitoba, which borders North Dakota and Minnesota. But while the tiny town of 671 has traditionally accepted refugees with open arms, residents are growing more uneasy with the recent uptick in illegal border crossings across Canada, more broadly.
So far in 2017, 99 refugees were caught while trying to cross into Emerson from the U.S., according to Global News. The Canadian government said it doesn’t have numbers for how many refugees entered the country in and around Emerson last year, specifically.
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