Saturday, June 23, 2018
ICE is Sick (Canadian Border Edition)
By Jon Hernandez
A visitor from France says she was jogging along the beach south of White Rock, B.C., when she crossed the U.S. border without realizing it. So began a two-week nightmare that landed her in a prison jumpsuit.
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 international border.
As the tide started to come in, she veered up and onto a dirt path before stopping to take a photo of the picturesque setting.
She turned around to head back — and that's when
she was apprehended by two U.S. Border Patrol officers.
"An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally," she told CBC News.
"I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn't understand what was happening."
Roman said she didn't see any signs warning that she was crossing into the U.S. during her jog. 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.
"I said to myself, well I may have crossed the border — but they'll probably only give me a fine or they'll tell me to go back to Canada or they'll give me a warning."
Her mother lives in North Delta, B.C.
She said the officers detained her for crossing illegally into Blaine, Wash., and transferred her more than 200 kilometres south to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Centre, run by the Department of Homeland Security.
"They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility," she said. "They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry, they searched me everywhere.
"Then I understood it was getting very serious, and I started to cry a bit."
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