Farhan Ahmed, a 36-year-old refugee claimant, pictured in a Winnipeg hotel on February 9, 2017 after arriving with a group of other migrants (ILLEGALS) over the US-Canada border to seek asylum in Canada
Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the United States (WHY DIDN'T HE TRY AND SETTLE IN DETROIT?) after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey -- to Canada. PERHAPS HE COULD HAVE SIMPLY GONE TO EGYPT, LYBIA, ETC. WHY TO THIS HELL HOLE WHERE "BLACK LIVES MATTER"?
SHOULD OF HAD A BOX OF KLEENEX
The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold on a February weekend (geewhiz ... it's winter) to walk across the border, trudging through snow-covered prairies (THIS IS WHERE THE KLEENEX COMES IN) in the dead of night to make a claim in his NEW country.
It was a record number of arrivals for a single weekend in the small border town of Emerson, and Canadian officials said Thursday they are bracing for more.
WE HAVE TO BLAME IT ON "THE DONALD" ... HE MADE FARHAN SKYHOOK LEAVE SOMALIA.
A WHIMPY JUDGE
Among the first wave of immigrants (LIKE THE TIDE) to Canada in the wake of Trump's measure was a two-year-old boy who reportedly begged his mother to let him to die in the snow because he could walk no further. WHY DIDN'T THAT JUST TAKE A CAB ... CANADA HAS AN OPEN DOOR POLICY!
SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN GLOVES!
Wayne Pfiel works at the Emerson hotel steps from the boundary. Asylum seekers, he said, often stop here for a moment of respite after walking up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the United States, coming in to ask if they have reached Canada. I'LL SAY IT AGAIN ... MAYBE UBER WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER CHOICE!
Others have called police for help, and are taken to the closest border outpost, where they can file an asylum claim.
"They usually call us if they're cold or lost, and we find them on the side of the highway," said RCMP Corporal Paul Manaigre.
- Risky desperation -
An agreement with the US prevents asylum seekers from lodging claims in Canada if they first landed stateside, but it only applies to arrivals at border checkpoints, airports and train stations. (WELL THERE YOU GO ... A BUMP IN THE ROAD TO THE EASY STREET!)
Rita Chahal, executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, described a "big surge coming across the border."
A DROP IN THE BUCKET
People often come from Djibouti, Ghana, Nigeria and Somalia, said Chahal, whose agency works out of a building designed by a top Canadian architect who was once himself a refugee.
The numbers are high, but the risky routes asylum seekers take are also alarming.
IPHONES HAVE COMPASS ON THEM!
GET THE KLEENEX OUT AGAIN
YEAH DONALD, HE'S THE MAN!!!
He left soon after the inauguration.
"It saddens me to see refugees flee not only their country but also a safe, democratic country (ACCORDING TO THE LIBS THAT'S PUSHING IT) like the United States," said the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg's Hani Al-Ubeady, himself an Iraqi refugee who now helps resettle others.
"They have to take another risky journey to make it to another safe place -- Canada."
- 'Walk north' -
Last weekend, Brenda Piett, an Emerson volunteer emergency coordinator who also publishes the local newspaper, received a call from border agents asking for help with the overflow of asylum seekers.
FLIP FLOPS ... NEED BOOTS!
WHAT NO UBER NEAR WINNIPEG?
The next day, they took a taxi an hour north to Winnipeg, where aid agencies helped them find shelter and legal counsel.
'Ahmed of Somalia' said it was a much warmer welcome than the one he received in Texas in 2014.
In the lobby of a gloomy downtown hotel where he now shares a small room with three others, he described being handcuffed and detained until his US asylum bid was heard.
New arrivals received blankets, food and housing while their cases are ongoing, according to Ahmed. The next day, he expected to be given a date for his hearing.
Ahmed told the Americans he had witnessed his father being slaughtered by a rival tribe in his hometown, and as the oldest son, he feared he would be next.
A SOMALIA DIVORCE?
A US panel rejected his claim, but he was released under supervision and allowed to work as a truck driver until his deportation could be arranged.
After Trump announced his ban, which includes Somali nationals, Ahmed said he feared imminent deportation.
"I decided to try my luck in Canada to ask for protection, because if I were deported to Somalia I would surely be killed," he said.
Ahmed took a bus to Minneapolis, where he met a man who dropped him off at the border with instructions to "walk north."
Ahmed said he had seen snow in the United States, "but not like this."
GET SOME BOOTS AND GLOVES!