19-year-old Cadella Roman returned from her jog two weeks later than planned when visiting her mother in Canada, after accidentally crossing the border into the US. Roman accidentally crossed the Canada-U.S. border on 21 May while out running and was detained by U.S border patrol.
Roman was visiting her mother who lives in North Delta B.C and went out for a jog, ending up on a dirt path where she was going to turn around and head back. Before she got a chance to do just this, she was stopped by a border patrol officer who informed her she had illegally crossed the border into Blaine, Washington.
Roman reportedly saw no warning signs and was unaware of her mistake. As she had no documentation with her on her run, she was transferred to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Centre.
In an interview with CBC, [She said the officers] transferred her more than 200 kilometres south to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Centre, run by the Department of Homeland Security. “They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility,” she said. “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.”
When she was eventually allowed to contact her mother, she was able to ask her to bring her documentation across the border, and although she quickly arrived, she wasn't discharged till 6 June – 16 days later.
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