Jogger says US detained her for two weeks after accidental border crossing

Jogger says US detained her for two weeks after accidental border crossing

Cedella Roman, who had been visiting her mother in British Columbia, was jogging on a Canadian beach when she accidentally stepped over the worldwide border into Washington state in May. 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.

The US officials drove Roman about 124 miles south, to a Homeland Security-operated detention center in Tacoma, Washington, prompting two weeks' worth of global wrangling to get her discharged back to Canada.

A French jogger who was visiting her mother in Canada and who claims to have accidentally crossed into the USA from British Columbia ended up being detained for two weeks. Roman told them she didn't see any signs warning her that she was about to cross the border.

Ferne told the network, "It was just unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border". -Canadian border, according to the story, but the officers said security cameras had caught her crossing the border and entering Blaine illegally.

Complicating matters was the fact that she didn't have any government-issued ID or travel permits on her at the time.

"He stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally".

Sorry, not in this day and age. Then she was transferred back into B.C.

"They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility". 'They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry, they searched me everywhere. "I understood it was getting very serious and I started to cry a bit".

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


Roman was discharged by immigration and customs enforcement on June 6.

The border between the US and Canada is the longest in the world, and it's not always well marked, points out the Bellingham Herald in Washington state. Areas of the border include "no-touch zones", an 18 foot area that separates the two countries.

Another exception is in Derby Line, Vermont, which is actually a city that sits right on the border with Stanstead, Quebec.

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.

Another exception is the town of Hyder, Alaska, which can only be reached through Canada. She was discharged on June 6, according to US government documents obtained by CBC News.

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

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that anyone who enters the U.S. outside an official port of entry and without inspection has crossed the border illegally, and will be processed accordingly.

"It is the responsibility of an individual traveling in the vicinity of an global border to maintain awareness of their surroundings and their location at all times to ensure they do not illegally cross the border". It's unclear why Roman was not taken back to the U.S.

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