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

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2018

A French teen spent two weeks in custody after she accidentally crossed into the United States while jogging on a beach in White Rock, B.C.

After going on to a dirt path and stopping to take a photo of the coastline, Roman says, "An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally". 'I told him I had not done it on objective, and that I didn't understand what was happening'.

"They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility", she said in the report.

The unfortunate part is an incident like this can lead to some lasting trauma, but a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said authorities handled the situation appropriately.

The French citizen was visiting her mother who lives in North Delta, B.C. and chose to go for a jog.

Roman has yet to respond to a Peace Arch News request for comment.

Looking at this story it seems a little obvious that American border security is far-flung and wasteful, targeting individuals who obviously have no intent to harm the security of the nation. -Canada border in White Rock.

Many only being caught after they stupidly reveal themselves to the media.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection representative told The Post that it was incumbent upon those traveling near the border to carry identification at all times. -Canadian border, which measures 5,525 miles - the longest in the world - but isn't marked in the traditional way with a definitive boundary, such as the wall and the Rio Grande River along the U.S. "It's like a trap... anybody can be caught up at the border like this".

Roman was released on June 6. '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", she added.

The biggest beef of Roman's mother, Christiane Ferne, is that no signs were present in the area where her daughter was jogging calling attention to the border.

That was not to be the case, according to US immigration officials, who confirmed the subsequent events in an email to The Washington Post. It's unclear why Roman was not taken back to the U.S.

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

A US Customs and Border Patrol representative said in a statement to the CBC: "It is the responsibility of an individual travelling in the vicinity of an worldwide border to maintain awareness of their surroundings and their location at all times to ensure they do not illegally cross the border".

"It is the responsibility of an individual travelling 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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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