A Teenager Out For A Run In B.C. Was Detained And Arrested By U.S. Officials After Accidently Crossing The Border
She spent 2 weeks in a detention centre.
Back in May of this year, a jogger out for a run in B.C. was detained by U.S. border agents while she was out for a run on the beach.
Cedella Roman, 19, says that on May 21st she was jogging along the beach in White Rock, B.C., and ran up a dirt road to avoid the incoming tide.
As she started back to head home she was stopped by U.S. border patrol officers who arrested her.
Her crime? Crossing the U.S. / Canada border illegally without knowing it.
Roman says that there were no signs on the beach stating that she was crossing the border but the officers told her that they monitored the area with security cameras.
She originally hoped that she would only get a fine but the agents then detained her and then moved her more than 200 kilometres south to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Centre – a centre run by the Department Of Homeland Security.
"They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewellery, they searched me everywhere,” she says.
Roman was able to get in touch with her mother who then rushed to the centre with all of her daughter's documents.
Roman is a French citizen who is in Canada to visit her mother, so American agents told her mom that she would have to present the documents to Immigration Canada to determine if Roman was eligible to be discharged back to Canada.
It took a total of 2 weeks before Canadian immigration officials said Roman would be allowed back into Canada.
"It was just unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border," says Roman’s mother Christiane Ferne.
The family say it's unclear if Roman will ever be allowed back into the States.