Little Jay's Cafe In Emerson opened it's doors to the public for the first time just over a week ago, and today was welcomed with a big surprise.
"I heard rustling, movement, and noise coming from the front lobby of the building while prepping for the day in the kitchen, I went out to see what was happening because we did not actually open for another ten minutes. I was shocked to see seven refugees standing in the lobby looking cold and hungry," said the owner of Little Jay's Cafe Jacquelyn Reimer.
Reimer went on to say the individuals consisting of mostly men, two women and one child around the age of four were extremely polite and seemed concerned over inconveniencing her, noting authorities were contacted and that she opened her restaurant doors for them to have water and breakfast.
"We overheard them talking about how they got here. They took a cab from Grand Forks and got as close as the taxi would go then they walked over two hours the rest of the way," said Reimer.
Reimer continued by saying she could tell they were not used to the cold climate here and seemed very welcoming of the RCMP when they arrived to pick them up.
"I felt guilty, I can't fathom facing these conditions with my kids, and I could not let them just stay out in the cold," added Reimer.
The seven migrants that crossed the border early this morning landing at Little Jay's Cafe, put the already soaring number of illegal asylum seekers over forty in less than a week to cross into the community of Emerson.