The family, which includes a three-month-old baby, claimed to have been "traumatized" by the experience. In a sworn statement, the family described that the baby had to sleep on a "dirty concrete floor" in "freezing temperatures" during his first night in custody.
The family reported that they had accidentally crossed the border on October 3, after doing so. A "very short detour on an unmarked road to avoid an animal on the road" she used in the United States landed.
Two high-ranking officials of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) dispute this claim.
A senior official told CNN that despite her allegations, the family apparently tried to enter the United States unrecognized. The official also said the group had $ 1
CBP issued a statement on Tuesday evening detailing the incident:
A vehicle was being watched over a remote video surveillance system when, on October 2nd, at 9:00 pm, it was on Avenue 0 in British Columbia, Canada Then he turned south and illegally entered the US by slowly and intentionally driving through a ditch on Boundary Road in Blaine, Washington. Short time later. The vehicle's seven inmates, who are UK citizens, were arrested at 9:13 pm under the Immigration and Nationality Act because they entered the United States illegally without inspection.
A second CBP official told CNN that the group's two adult men had previously applied for entry into the US under the ESTA visa waiver program, but their application was rejected in March 2018 The officer did not immediately know why the request was denied.
The group consisted of seven British citizens: two adults and their two-year-old twin daughters and two related adults and their three-month-old boy, according to Aldea, The People's Justice Center, which works with the family, detained in Lynden, Washington.
According to a statement, the Alde a to CNN subsidiary WFMZ, the group was near the border between Canada and the United States.
"We made a very short detour on an unmarked road to avoid an animal on the road Soon a police car was standing behind our vehicle, which lit the traffic lights and called us to stop," the family statement said.
The family claimed to have been arrested after being told that they had "crossed an international border." They added that they had not intended to cross the border and asked if they could just turn around. According to the statement, the official said "no".