>> A group of asylum seekers braving dangerously cold weather in the dead of the night to cross over from the US into the small Canadian border town of Emerson in the province of Manitoba. Since Donald Trump's immigration crackdown, Emerson has seen an influx of migrants mainly from Africa but also the Middle East, and it's putting local residents on edge.
Reuters correspondent, Rod Nickel, visited the town.>> The people in Emerson I spoke with are sympathetic toward the migrants. They've heard their stories of all the hard things that they've gone through to get to Manitoba, to Canada. But there's also a frustration and a fear that is really taking hold in Emerson as well.
The frustrations and the concerns are largely practical of just how can a town of 600 people accommodate these growing numbers of migrants that are coming in illegally across the border. There's been more than 100 just in January alone.>> Many are Somalis who have been living in Minnesota which shares a border with Manitoba.
Others are just passing through the US to ultimately try to seek asylum in Canada, which they all now see as being more welcoming than America under Trump. And the access is relatively easy.>> This border line runs right across through here, and you'll see the wide open fields, you see the rail road tracks.
It's wide open spaces here.>> No signs, no fences, no barriers whatsoever?>> None whatsoever. There's the odd faded sign there that says, warning, you are now entering the US, report to a port of entry. But for the rest, no, it's wide open.>> The influx putting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau under increased pressure from Canadians who fear the illegal migrants post a security risk.
Others like Jaclyn Reimer are sympathetic. Feeding shivering migrants for free.>> These people have been running for years at this point. And I just wanted them to feel welcomed into our country and come.>> Just last week the provincial government directed more resources to Emerson, but the small town is growing weary.
Some residents fear that once the weather warms up, larger groups might start coming through.