Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jogger detained for weeks after crossing US-Canada border

Jogger detained for weeks after crossing US-Canada border

A French jogger who was visiting her mother in Canada and who claims to have accidentally crossed into the US from British Columbia ended up being detained for two weeks.

That's what 19-year-old Cedella Roman thought when she went jogging along the area's smooth beaches - in a southbound direction, notably - on May 21.

After finishing school, Roman had gone to Canada to visit her mother, who lives in White Rock.

Roman, who said she had no identification on her at the time, was confronted by two US Border Patrol agents who took her into custody, and drove her 124 miles south to a Homeland Security-operated detention center in Tacoma, Washington, where she was detained for two weeks.

"I did not think they would put me in jail", she said. "They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry", she said. Ferne said that officials in Tacoma told her that she must go to Immigration Canada to ensure that Roman was permitted to be brought back to Canada.

Official documents by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement obtained by CBC confirmed Ms Roman's detention and that she was returned to Canada on 6 June.

Ferne said the lack of clear border signs had led to her daughter's predicament. "It's like a trap.anybody can be caught at the border like this".

Roman was able to contact her mother from the centre.

Cedella Roman, 19, didn't know it at the time, but as she ran southeast along the beach on the evening of May 21, she crossed a municipal boundary - and, shortly after, an global border.

It was then that she was confronted by two officers from the USA border patrol. It was then that U.S. border patrol officers, who had observed her on a security camera, stopped her.

In 2016, two children playing the newly released Pokémon Go were so immersed in the game they crossed Canada's 5,525-mile border with the U.S. -Canada border and is inscribed with the words "CHILDREN OF A COMMON MOTHER" on one side and "BRETHREN DWELLING TOGETHER IN UNITY" on the other, meant to celebrate the friendship between the two North American countries.

That was not to be the case, according to USA immigration officials, who confirmed the subsequent events in an email to The Washington Post.

However, a spokesperson for the agency told CBC that all individuals who arrive in the USA without permission to legally cross the border will be subjected to a standardized processing procedure.

"This applies regardless of whether or not the individual claims to have inadvertently crossed the border", the department said.

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