Teenager detained for two weeks after jogging over Canadian-US border


A French woman visiting her mother in Canada was arrested last month after she accidentally crossed the USA border from Canada.

CANADA: A 19-year-old teenager realized that there is no easy escape for accidentally crossing the US-border after she's been held for two weeks regarding the matter.

Roman had been visiting her mother in British Columbia to work on her English when the incident occurred, according to a CBC report. She swerved on to a dirt path as the tide came in, stopping briefly to snap a photo of the stunning scenery before turning around to retrace her steps.

Roman's case does not appear to fall under the zero tolerance policy since she was not charged with a crime and was allowed to return to Canada.

Instead, the agents detained her and sent her to the DHS-operated Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, located more than 124 miles south of the U.S.

Her mother Christiane Ferne reached the centre with her passport and study permits after two days.

Ferne decried her daughter's arrest as "a trap" and told CBC News she provided Roman's necessary travel documents to authorities immediately. She told her mom and sister she would see them again after she went for a jog.

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The border along the beach where Roman was detained is adjacent to the nearby Peace Arch Provincial Park, which straddles the 49th parallel that separates Canada from the United States.

She was informed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers that she had entered the country illegally, which they said was captured via security cameras. 'They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry, they searched me everywhere. She was held in the center for two weeks until immigration officials in Canada and the USA both confirmed she could go back across the border.

"An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally", Roman told the news site. Throughout it all, Ferne visited her daughter regularly at the centre.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not respond to inquiries from The Associated Press today. It's unclear why Roman was not taken back to the U.S.

According to the Province, the Canadian-U.S. border "isn't marked in the traditional way".

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told CBC that, accident or not, the rules for handling illegal immigration are the same.

"This regulation applies even if the individual claims to have inadvertently crossed the border", they said in a statement.

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