Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Embassy Officials Tour Manitoba Border Communities over Refugee Issues

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Embassy Officials Tour Manitoba Border Communities over Refugee Issues

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Embassy officials tour Manitoba border

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EMERSON, Man. - The issue of illegal border crossings was front and centre in a meeting between U.S. diplomats and the leaders of two Manitoba municipalities.

Elizabeth Moore Aubin, acting head of the U.S. Embassy, toured Emerson and Gretna on Tuesday.

She met with border officials and municipal leaders for a closer look at the spike in people walking across the border to make a refugee claim in Canada.

U.S. Consul Christopher Gunning also took part in the tour.

In an emailed statement, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said the goal of the visit was to learn more about border operations.

Greg Janzen, reeve of the municipality of Emerson-Franklin, said a visit from such a high ranking diplomat shows people are paying attention to the issue.

"She wanted to see what's actually happening on the ground here in Emerson and also we took a tour out to the Tolstoi border and looked at the landscape to see what the area looks like, how to monitor things better," said Janzen. …

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