Canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from US

U.S. border patrol officials confirm a number of people were taken into custody south of the border near Portal N.D. on Friday
U.S. border patrol officials confirm a number of people were taken into custody south of the border near Portal N.D. on Friday
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23 April, 2017

The arrests are part of an ongoing joint four-month investigation by Canada and USA authorities into organised human smuggling.

Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday in a statement that around the time Mounties intercepted Omoruyi and the nine passengers, their own agents apprehended two Canadian citizens and a Nigerian citizen on the North Dakota side of the border between the North Portal and Northgate ports of entry.

The nine, who RCMP say are from West Africa, were safely transferred into the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency and have all since claimed refugee status.

She was stopped after crossing at the Saskatchewan border in a vehicle carrying nine foreign nationals.

The following day, police searched a Regina residence and found a significant amount of cash - some in foreign currency, RCMP said.

Police said the U.S. Border Patrol has arrested other people related to the same investigation, but no details have been released.

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The number of asylum seekers fluctuates year to year, but Canadian authorities have been particularly concerned this winter and spring by the increasing prevalence of people trying to cross illegally on foot.

She will make her first court appearance in Estevan on May 15.

According to federal data, Saskatchewan saw only a handful of irregular border crossings from asylum seekers in the first three months of this year.

Intended as a slam at U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary immigration and refugee ban, Trudeau's foolish virtue-signalling has caused Canada's border agency problems ever since. Safe Third Country Agreement - increases the problem of human smuggling and unlawful border crossings.

Postmedia has confirmed one of those individuals is Michelle Omoruyi's husband, Victor Omoruyi, 40.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale attempted to minimize the impact of the latest illegal refugee figures, releasing a statement suggesting that the asylum seekers have already been subject to a security assessment because "the majority of irregular migrants are holders of visas for the United States". "They're vulnerable and may be taken advantage of by people looking to gain financially from their situation".


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