French tourist detained two weeks for the “crime” of accidentally jogging across the Canadian border into America.

By | 2018-06-24T05:11:51+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Courtesy of CBC:

A visitor from France says she was jogging along the beach south of White Rock, B.C., when she crossed the U.S. border without realizing it. So began a two-week nightmare that landed her in a prison jumpsuit.

Cedella Roman, 19, didn’t know it at the time, but as she ran southeast along the beach on the evening of May 21, she crossed a municipal boundary — and, shortly after, an international border.

As the tide started to come in, she veered up and onto a dirt path before stopping to take a photo of the picturesque setting.

She turned around to head back — and that’s when she was apprehended by two U.S. Border Patrol officers.

“An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally,” she told CBC News.

The young woman explained that she did not realize that she had accidentally crossed the border during her run as she saw no signs posted, but that did not make any difference to the border agents. 

Instead of escorting her back over the border they put her into a caged vehicle and transported her to a detention center where she was thoroughly searched and had her belongings removed. 

The young woman, a resident of France, was able to contact her mother, a resident of Canada, but even after bringing her passport and identification papers to the detention center it still took two weeks before she was reunited with her mother. 

Now keep in mind that this woman was clearly dressed for a run, and had crossed over from CANADA. 

What danger did the border agents actually believe that she represented? 

Was she a drug smuggler? A terrorist? Or was it simply because she had brown skin?

You know this is the kind of thing that they do in Iran or North Korea, not America.

At least it did not use to be. 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 23, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Gotta watch those sneaky Canadians and their teams of specially trained attack joggers.

  2. Meghan June 23, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Well, she’s tan, so…terrorist. ugh.

  3. Crystal Sage June 23, 2018 at 11:58 am

    She was obviously attempting to smuggle shoes back to Canada. Damn! She almost got away with it.

    • Anonymous June 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Yep she was scuffing them up to make them look worn.

  4. whatevs June 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    WTF? just WTF?

  5. dvlaries June 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    https://truthout.org/articles/capitalism-politics-and-immigration-a-tale-of-profitable-suffering/
    “Capitalism, Politics and Immigration: A Tale of Profitable Suffering” by William Rivers Pitt

    “… Immigrants have always been an easy target for opportunistic politicians seeking to wring votes out of the economic fears and racist resentments shared by a segment of the population. It works; Donald “Mexicans are rapists” Trump would not be president today had he not mined that deep deposit for all it was worth.

    There is far more to this ongoing mess than politically expedient racism. This is a problem created and exploited by the fundamental cruelty of capitalism. To keep profits high and prices low, major US industries like agriculture do not want undocumented workers to have a path to citizenship, as that would require paying them a living wage and even providing benefits like health insurance. That, you see, would be expensive. Simultaneously, they do not want to see the flow of undocumented workers into the country stopped, as such an act would deprive them of the huge pool of cheap labor they have come to depend on. …”

  6. Freckles June 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Typical Trump jack-booted thugs!

  7. Anonymous June 23, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I wonder how much it cost us to detain her. Conservatives are supposed to care about our budget and clamp down on unnecessary spending. I can’t think of a better example than locking up a teenaged jogger at our expense. I won’t bother to write what it must have been like for the girl and her family, that’ll never convince a Republican. If a fetus ain’t involved, they don’t give a shit about families.

  8. Anonymous June 23, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Sorry I don’t think this is a Trump thing. This is a post 911 thing. We’ve clamped down hard on the borders since 2001. Crossing anywhere other than an official border crossing especially without proper ID is going to result in detention. I don’t think the border patrol cares what her color is. People crossing the border under these circumstances are sure as hell going to be detained.

  9. Anonymous June 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I remember years ago we walked across the Ambassador bridge to Canada and were only going to go half way. The Canadian customs came and got us, made us finish crossing , go through customs, then let us go back to the USA.

  10. Anonymous July 3, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Jogging while black. Lucky she wasn’t shot. Canadian border. Had it happened at the southern end it might have been a different story. Since she’s French and black, they kept her and took their sweet time to teach her a lesson.

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