'I am proud to be here': 7 more asylum seekers walk into Manitoba, where it's –20 C

Seven more asylum seekers risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border into Emerson, Man., early Sunday.

One man hikes for 22 hours to avoid deportation from U.S.

Seven more refugees walked for hours to cross the Canada-U.S. border into Manitoba early Sunday. (Jill Coubrough/CBC)

Seven more asylum seekers risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border into Emerson, Man., early Sunday.

CBC News spotted six men and a woman about 4:30 a.m. as temperatures dipped to –20 C. 

Seven more asylum seekers risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border into Emerson, Man., early Sunday. 2:12

The group emerged from a wooded area just south of the border and held on to each other as they walked along a set of train tracks crossing through the southern edge of the town. 

Seven people gather on train tracks after walking into Manitoba early Sunday. (Jill Coubrough/CBC)
A 25-year-old man from Somalia said he had been walking for roughly 22 hours and was not aware he had reached Canada. 

"I feel very safe," he said, after learning he had made it across. "I am proud to be here."

His journey began in 2015. He left Somalia for Costa Rica and made his way to Mexico before crossing into Texas. In the United States he was detained for two months, he said. Upon release, he went to live in Minnesota.

On Saturday, he took a bus to Grand Forks, N.D., and paid a taxi to drop him off somewhere near the Canadian border, he said. 

"Mr. Trump, he said, 'I am going to deport Somalis,' so I decided to [come] to Canada," he said.

Police interview asylum seekers who risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border early Sunday. (Jill Coubrough/CBC)
The young man was travelling alone. He said he came across the other asylum seekers, who he believed were also from Somalia, along the way.

RCMP arrested the group around 5 a.m. and escorted them to the Canada Border Services Agency building at the Emerson port of entry so they could file refuge claims.

Greg Janzen, the reeve of Emerson, said at least four people walked across the border early Saturday.

Since January, more than 130 asylum seekers have walked across the border into Emerson. 

A trailer has been brought in to the port to make space for processing the influx of refugee claims. 

Read CBC's full coverage of refugees crossing the U.S. border into Manitoba