Canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from US

Posted April 20, 2017

Now after a four month investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said they have laid human smuggling charges against a 43 year old Canadian woman Michelle Omoruyi of Regina Saskatchewan.

Police Inspector Donovan Fisher said Wednesday that a significant amount of cash was found in a Regina, Saskatchewan, home that was searched the following day.

Several people in the USA have also been arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents in connection with the case.

NDP Immigration critic Jenny Kwan said the government needs to find a way to address what's clearly a growing problem by both helping the Immigration and Refugee Board deal with the increased case load and rethinking the Safe Third Country agreement with the US that's pushing folks to cross between regular border entry points.

The operation, Project FADDUCE, involves the Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team and United States Customs and Border Protection - office of the border patrol and office of field operations and homeland security investigations.

The nine migrants were handed over to border officials.

At a news conference Wednesday, RCMP and CBSA wouldn't release details about the identities of the individuals seeking refugee status, citing privacy.

No other provinces saw more than one interception by police.

This number represents asylum seekers intercepted between designated ports of entry.

Recent months have seen more than a thousand asylum seekers fearless freezing temperatures, waist-deep snow and icy rivers to cross into Canada from the U.S. by foot.

In total, about 115 asylum claimants were processed last month in Manitoba by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, bringing the annual total to 140. Safe Third Country Agreement - increases the problem of human smuggling and unlawful border crossings.

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

Manitoba has seen an influx of border crossings.