A 19 years old French Lady who visited her mother in Canada spent two weeks in a US detention center after she unknowingly crossed the US-Canada border while jogging along the beach.
Cedella Roman, 19, ran across the border just south of the town of White Rock in Canada's British Columbia, into the US state of Washington on the evening of May 21.
Roman said she hadn’t seen any signs indicating she was about to cross into the United States but that two US Customs and Border Protection officers approached her shortly after she accidentally left Canada.
“An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally,” Roman reported. “I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn’t understand what was happening.”
Roman who was not carrying any identification or proof of citizenship with her during her jog, thought the Border Patrol officers might simply let her go with a warning.
But that was not to the case, according to US immigration officials, who confirmed the subsequent events.
Instead, the Border Patrol arrested Roman on May 21, “processed her as an expedited removal,” then transferred her to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell.
On May 22, Roman was taken to ICE’s Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., about 140 miles south of the border point where she had been arrested. She remained detained until June 5 when, after two weeks of paperwork and processing, Roman was taken back to the border “and removed to Canada,” Cutrell said.
When asked why Roman was detained for two weeks, an ICE official indicated that Roman’s status as a French citizen, rather than a Canadian one, may have lengthened the time it took to process her case.
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