Jogger accidentally crosses into the US border from British Columbia


As she turned to head back to visit her mother who lives in British Columbia, two U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents appeared.

On May 21, Cedella Roman, a 19-year-old French citizen, was reportedly jogging along the beach near White Rock, British Columbia, when she shifted onto an unmarked dirt path to avoid the high tide.

Roman had been visiting her mother in British Columbia to work on her English when the incident occurred, according to a CBC report.

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.

"He started telling me that I had crossed the border illegally and I told him I really did not do it on goal", Ms Roman told Radio-Canada (in French).

"I told him I had not done it on objective, and that I didn't understand what was happening", she explained to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "They searched me everywhere", Roman told the news site.

Eventually, Roman was able to speak to her mom, who drove to the detention center with documentation for her daughter; however, it was two weeks before the teen was allowed to reenter Canada, on June 6. "It's like a trap... anybody can be caught up at the border like this".

Roman said she did not see any signs warning her that she was crossing into the U.S.

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Noting that her steps had been captured on security cameras monitoring the area, the officers detained the teenager and accused her of crossing illegally into Blaine, Washington.

Christiane Ferne, Roman's mother, says she was in a panic when she found out her daughter had been taken to a detention facility in Tacoma, Wash.

The border between the USA and Canada is the longest in the world, and it's not always well marked, according to the Bellingham Herald in Washington state.

According to the Province, the Canadian-U.S. border "isn't marked in the traditional way". It's unclear why Roman was not taken back to the U.S.

CBC is reporting that a French woman spent two weeks in an American detention centre after accidentally stepping foot on USA soil near the Peace Arch border crossing last month.

"If an individual enters the United States at a location other than an official port of entry and without inspection by a Customs and Border Protection officer, they have illegally entered the United States and will be processed accordingly", Customs and Border Protection said.

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

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