— -- Canadian police intercepted 22 people overnight near Emerson, Manitoba, for illegally crossing the border, according to police.
The small town of Emerson has become a hotspot for asylum seekers seeking refuge in Canada since the election of President Trump, who made reducing illegal immigration and decreasing the number of refugees entering the U.S. a central part of his platform.
The border town of 671 has been galvanized to help asylum seekers, as the issue has brought an influx of media attention from across the globe, according to the CBC.
Greg Janzen, an official who heads the town, told CTV, a Canadian network, that he's witnessed a definitive shift in the number of asylum seekers coming across the border since Trump took office.
"I think we're just going to see them coming every day now, instead of just on the weekends. And the groups are going to get bigger and bigger," Janzen said.
He said that most of the asylum seekers come from African countries, and that he has concerns about the number of people crossing the border into his town, which does not have the resources to handle them all.
"As the numbers get bigger there is growing concerns," he said.
Trump highlighted the issue of immigration again during a campaign style rally Saturday in Florida by criticizing refugee policies in Europe.
"Here's the bottom line -- we have to keep our country safe," Trump started, before pivoting to the subject of Europe.
"When you look at what's happening in Germany, when you look at what's happening last night in Sweden -- Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible," he said.
Trump then listed several European cities that have suffered high profile terror attacks, including Paris and Brussels.
The comments drew criticism and even derision from some critics, who questioned why Sweden was included in a list of places that had experienced highly publicized terror attacks in recent years.