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U.S. authorities detain Woman for 2 weeks after accidentally jogging across Canada border

June 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. authorities detain Woman for 2 weeks after accidentally jogging across Canada border

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A French citizen vacationing in Canada revealed she was detained by U.S. Border Patrol for two weeks after she inadvertently jogged across the U.S.-Canada border last month.

According to Canadian news outlet CBC, 19-year-old Cedella Roman indicated that she did not know that she crossed the border while she was out on a run along a beach in White Rock, British Columbia on May 21st.

The woman said she stopped to snap a photo of the scenery before she decided to turn around to jog back when she was approached by two U.S. Border Patrol agents who informed her that she illegally crossed into Blaine, Washington.

“An officer stopped me and told me I had crossed the border illegally,” Roman said in an interview with CBC News.

“I told him I had not done it on purpose, and I didn’t understand what was happening,” she added.

The woman noted that she did not see any signs that indicated that she was crossing into the United States, but the agents revealed that they caught her crossing the border on security cameras.

“I said to myself, well I may have crossed the border — but they’ll only give me a fine or tell me to go back to Canada or give me a warning,” Roman recounted.

At the time, Roman said she did not have any government-issued IF or travel permits. She was in Canada to visit her mother who resides in North Delta, British Columbia. She was also there to improve her English.

Roman said the agents apprehended her and brought her to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center.

“They put me in the caged vehicle and brought me to their facility,” she stated. “They asked me to remove all my belongings with my jewelry and searched me everywhere.

“Then I understood it was getting serious, and I started to cry,” she added.

Roman indicated that she was permitted to call her mother, Christiane Ferne, who brought the documents to the detention center. She was kept in the center for two weeks until Canadian immigration officials and the U.S. both confirmed she could go back across the border.

Records revealed that Roman was discharged from the United States on June 6th.

“It was unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border,” Ferne said to CBC. “It’s a trap … anybody can be caught at the border.”

The family also said that it is not clear if Roman could ever return to the United States.

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