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.