Members of a British family claim an accidentally cross them.
Eileen Connors, 24, and six other people – including her husband, David Connors, his cousin, and three children – were detained in the U.S. on Oct. 2 after they illegally crossed the boundary separating Vancouver, British Columbia from the U.S. The family says they were visiting relatives in Canada at the time and ended up on an unmarked road.
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Eileen Connors wrote in a sworn statement obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that family soon found herself surrounded by multiple police cars and US Border patrol agents. Connors said they asked agents, "No." "
" Eileen, who was detained along with her three-month -old child. "
Bridget Cambria, a lawyer for the Connors, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the family had no idea they had crossed any boundary , They were not even in the United States.
But they did not make a mistake, with Customs and Border Protection agents telling 9 pm on Oct. 2 and proceeding to track it down on Avenue 0 in Canada before it turned south and entered the US illegally, by slowly and deliberately driving through a ditch onto Boundary Road in Lyndon, Washington. "
Officials say the car continues on Boundary Road before the vehicle is finally pulled over by a Border Patrol agent" a short time later
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Immigration officials said that, while the United States was illegally detained
The Connors claimed they did not want to be in the US and wanted to go back to Canada , but that request was denied, too. CBP told Fox News that "attempts were made to return to individuals to Canada, however, Canada refused to allow their return."
Connors thus claimed her family
After they were processed by CBP, the family was turned over to immigration and customs Enforcement on Oct. 3. As of Wednesday, the group is being held at the Berks Detention Center at Leesport, Pa., At ICE-run facility where detained families are held.
Connors said immigration officials were initially told they could be released into the custody of a family member in the US, but they were informed they were not released, and instead had to remain in detention.
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Cambria tells the Inquirer the family will most
ICE told Fox News on Tuesday the Agency has "ensured the Connors have had access to United Kingdom consular officials while in ICE custody, "and that it takes about two weeks to process" expedited removal to the UK "