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A British family vacationing in Canada unknowingly swerved onto a US road to dodge an animal. ICE has detained them and their 3-month-old baby for 12 days.

A British household vacationing in Canada unknowingly swerved onto a US street to dodge an animal. ICE has detained them and their 3-month-old child for 12 days.

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  1. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.insider.com/british-family-detained-ice-mistakenly-crossed-us-canada-border-2019-10) reduced by 91%. (I’m a bot)
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    > A British family of seven – including a three-month old baby and two-year-old twin girls – has been detained by US immigration authorities for nearly two weeks after the family inadvertently crossed the Canadian border into unmarked US territory.

    > The Connors family was vacationing in the Canadian province of British Columbia on October 2, driving close to the US border when they "Made a very brief detour on an unmarked road to avoid an animal," they said.

    > CBP said agents soon discovered that two of the adults in the family were previously denied travel authorization to enter the US. CBP said agents attempted to return the family to Canada and the United Kingdom, but "Canada refused to allow their return and two attempts to contact the consulate for the United Kingdom were unsuccessful.”

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  2. This is the most bizarre story I’ve read in ages! There’s so many questions!?! Why was their swerving a massive detour? Why did they have $16k? Why would Canada not take them back? And why did the embassy not answer the phone? Twice!!!

  3. If you actually read the facts, it is more accurate to say ”two British adults who had twice applied for visas to enter the United States and were denied, entered the United States via an unmarked back road and were caught by border patrol. They claim to have been avoiding an animal, but no witnesses to the animal exist. Border patrol attempts to repatriate the couple were unsuccessful as the Canadian government refused to accept them back, and the British consulate wouldn’t answer the phone”.

    But that would sound too much like sleeper cell terrorists, and would provoke insufficient sympathy.

  4. What a misleading title… You’ve got to read through the entire article to get even a glimpse of the story.

  5. I feel like there’s more to this story. The first paragraph mentions a family of 7, but after that only talks about one couple with a single baby. I did an admittedly quick search, and they’re the only ones I can see mentioned in other news stories about the case.

    And if it’s true Canada won’t take them back….why?

    Being detained in the cinditions they describe is still horrific. But I’m curious as to what’s _not_ in the story.

  6. People are not reading anything here, the UK was contacted twice, Canada was contacted and said no. I’m from the UK, why are yous angry here, surely Canada turning them away after they were on vacation there makes Canada more the bad guy no?

  7. British family enter US despite being denied access, get caught by border control, Canada did not let them back in and the UK haven’t responded

    Not sure what you want the US to do about it

  8. nice clickbait.

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    “Canada refused to allow their return and two attempts to contact the consulate for the United Kingdom were unsuccessful.”

  9. Very fishy story.

    Possibly a stunt or trying to enter America illegally.

  10. If you read the article it says they had been refused entry into the US in the past. So this appeared suspicious to border control. It’s hard just to “swerve” across the border.

  11. Was the animal a goddamn Snorlax??

  12. You know how it is, we’ve all done it, you swerve to avoid a fox and before you know it you’re in Idaho.

  13. More details here.

    Two of the adults were apparently previously denied entry into the the US. Hard to determine who to believe as that is a claim of the US Border Patrol.

    Which is why arguing about such news events is a HUGE waste of time, because the news we can read is often very incomplete.

    Especially when the news item is new.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/uk-tourists-arrested-entering-us-illegally-1.5321656

  14. Reported it for misleading title.

    “unknowingly swerved onto a US road to dodge an animal” != “claims to have taken a detour into the US to avoid an animal when caught entering the US after having been denied a visa”.

    Additionally, they were detained for a long time because Canada didn’t want them back.

    There are good reasons to hate on US immigration officials but this is an instance of them just doing their job correctly.

  15. “Unknowningly” my ass.

  16. >A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told Insider in a statement that agents observed the Connors via remote video surveillance turning in to the US illegally “by slowly and deliberately driving through a ditch onto Boundary Road in Blaine, Washington.”

    >CBP said agents soon discovered that two of the adults in the family were previously denied travel authorization to enter the US. CBP said agents attempted to return the family to Canada and the United Kingdom, but “Canada refused to allow their return and two attempts to contact the consulate for the United Kingdom were unsuccessful.”

  17. This thread should be locked for a misleading, click-bait title.

    agents soon discovered that two of the adults in the family were previously denied travel authorization to enter the US. CBP said agents attempted to return the family to Canada and the United Kingdom, but “Canada refused to allow their return and two attempts to contact the consulate for the United Kingdom were unsuccessful.”

  18. This headline is exactly what is wrong with media today. Nobody will read further than this and already start an outrage, meanwhile this family very likely did it on purpose, were previously already denied access to the US. ICE tried to send them back to canada, they refused. Consulate contact with the UK (their homecountry) failed twice. but people won’t read that, all they read is a happy innocent family being locked up for a “mistake”.

  19. US holding British citizen hostage, to stop UK from asking for hit and run driver extradition!

    Now that’s a clickbaity fake news!

    In all seriousness. I wonder why Canadian side won’t let the through? Does British passport need visa to enter Canada?

    And I don’t understand the part “two attempts to contact the United Kingdom consulate were unsuccessful”. What does this even mean? No one in the consulate pick up the phone?

  20. That’s a spicy misleading headline.

  21. So much bullshit in this story

  22. So glad that the United States spend a hundred grand on this debacle…

  23. Reddit, read the article before shi*#@ on America in the comments.

  24. READ THE ARTICLE. If you read the article the continue to be detained because the family was previously denied entry. Canada refused to take them back and the UK is dragging their feet on repatriating them.

  25. Is this border really that badly marked? Between Norway and Sweden even unpaved county roads have signs marking the border (the text on the sign means “National Border” “Sweden”):

    https://g.acdn.no/obscura/API/dynamic/r1/escenic/tr_1080_717_l_f/0000/archive/05552/sukkervei1_5551593_5552309a.jpg?

  26. Since CBP has video of their crossing the ditch, I’m sure you will be able to see the animal. /s

  27. Click bait title yet again

  28. I knew that the initial headline was bullshit. I live in BC and there is nowhere along the border that you can accidentally cross just by swerving to avoid an animal. You have to do it on purpose.

  29. LAAAAAAAAAAAND OF THE FREEEE AND HOOOOOOOMMMEEEEE OF THEEEEEEEEEE LAAAAAAAAARDS

  30. Glad to see most posters here read the article to find the salient facts and didn’t take a dump on ICE. They’re not perfect, but in this case they seem to be in the right.

  31. The ICE has gone mad under Trump

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