Canada police charge woman with smuggling asylum seekers from US

A Saskatchewan woman has been charged with human smuggling after RCMP intercepted a vehicle carrying nine refugee claimants who authorities believe crossed the border from the United States.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said on Wednesday that a 43-year-old woman had been arrested days earlier after she was found driving nine people in an isolated area north of the Canada-US border.

Michelle Omoruyi then was charged with one count of human smuggling and one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

On April 15, Canadian officials executed a search warrant at a Regina home and seized a large amount of cash and other evidence.

But if people cross the border in between formal crossings, they are taken into custody and questioned by both police and border authorities, then allowed to file claims and stay in Canada while they await the outcome.

That night, RCMP were flagged that a smuggling attempt may be in the works. The on-going project started four months ago, involving the RCMP integrated border enforcement team, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and USA border agencies.

New figures released by the federal government today show the RCMP intercepted 887 people crossing between official border points, up from 658 in February.

An investigation into organized human smuggling in southeastern Saskatchewan began last December after border officers "referred a returning male Canadian resident for further examination".

The US Border Patrol has also arrested several others in connection with the investigation, but has yet to release details.

Intended as a slam at U.S. President Donald Trump's temporary immigration and refugee ban, Trudeau's foolish virtue-signalling has caused Canada's border agency problems ever since.

The increasing flow of asylum seekers into Canada from the United States has become a contentious issue among Canadians. These are people who feel they are in danger or at risk, and once they get themselves into Canada by whatever means, they claim asylum in this country for their personal protection.

Critics have blamed the Safe Third Country agreement between Canada and the US for rise in border jumping.

It is not known how many people may be connected to the suspected smuggling operation.

  • Joey Payne