Canada Woman charged with smuggling asylum seekers into Canada

07:51  20 april  2017
07:51  20 april  2017 Source:   AFP

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Canadian police said on Wednesday they charged a woman with human smuggling offences in connection with asylum seekers who have been crossing the border The increasing flow of asylum seekers into Canada from the United States has become a contentious issue among Canadians .

Canada police charge woman for smuggling asylum - seekers from U.S. - Royal Canadian Mounted Police they intercepted a 43-year-old woman driving nine people across the U. S. border into the prairie province of Saskatchewan on Friday night.

A woman was stopped near the Canada-US border and charged under Canada's immigration and refugee protection ac © Provided by AFP A woman was stopped near the Canada-US border and charged under Canada's immigration and refugee protection ac

A Canadian woman has been arrested for allegedly smuggling foreign nationals into Canada, contributing to a recent wave of asylum seekers walking across the border from the US, police said Wednesday.

Michelle Omoruyi, 43, was stopped near the Canada-US border last Friday and charged under Canada's immigration and refugee protection act.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Staff Sergeant Donovan Fisher told a press conference "nine foreign nationals were (also) intercepted while crossing the border into Canada."

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TORONTO/WINNIPEG Canadian police on Wednesday said they charged a woman with human smuggling offences in connection with the asylum seekers who have been streaming over the The RCMP has intercepted more than 1,100 people walking into Canada in the first two months of 2017.

TORONTO/WINNIPEG - Canadian police on Wednesday said they charged a woman with human smuggling offences in connection with the asylum seekers who have been streaming over the The RCMP has intercepted more than 1,100 people walking into Canada in the first two months of 2017.

At the same time, "several" people were picked up by a border patrol in the US state of North Dakota, he said. US Customs and Border Protection was not immediately available to confirm how many.

The arrests were the culmination of a four-month joint investigation by security agencies in both countries.

Fisher said a search of a home in Regina, Saskatchewan linked to Omoruyi uncovered a stash of cash and other unspecified evidence.

Authorities would not reveal the age, sex or nationalities of the nine foreign nationals detained at the border.

But the daily Regina Leader Post said they were from West Africa and all of them have now filed refugee claims in Canada.

There has been a flood of asylum seekers entering Canada from the United States since Donald Trump was elected president.

According to the government, federal police have intercepted 1,860 border jumpers in the first three months of 2017.

Many risked death walking up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) across snow-covered fields or through dense forests in the frigid cold of the Canadian winter.

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