Canada police charge woman for smuggling asylum-seekers from U.S.

20 April, 2017, 06:33 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • The union representing border patrol officers has raised concerns over public safety saying nearly half of the asylum seekers entering at Emerson in the last few weeks have some criminality in their backgrounds

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested and charged Michelle Omoruyi, 43, as part of an investigation into asylum seekers crossing illegally into Canada.

On April 15, RCMP, assisted by the CBSA and Regina Police Service, conducted a search warrant on a home in Regina.

The announcement today said that nine foreign nationals were stopped at the border in a vehicle with Omoruyi and taken into custody.

Those nine people from West Africa have since made refugee claims in Canada.

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

The Saskatchewan charges are part of a four-month investigation in collaboration between Canadian and US authorities.

Although some 1,860 people have been intercepted trying to cross the border since US President Donald Trump's promise to crack down on immigration in January, the RCMP said it was the first time charges of human smuggling had been filed. Police haven't said how many people were charged or who was the subject of the attempted smuggling.

Fisher said it's the first case in which RCMP have intercepted illegal immigrants coming into Saskatchewan this year.

New figures released on Wednesday by the federal government show the Mounties intercepted 170 people crossing between official border points, up from 142 in February.

Others had Canada in their sights all along as their final destination, obtaining USA visas exclusively for the objective of coming here. Safe Third Country Agreement - exacerbates human smuggling and unlawful border crossings. Advocates on both sides of the border have long urged the Canadian government to suspend the agreement, warning that it leaves asylum seekers looking to enter Canada from the United States with little choice but to resort to hazardous journeys. Canadian police said their American counterparts also arrested people but would not say whether any charges had been laid.

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