Canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from US

Canada police charge woman with smuggling refugees from US”

Postmedia has confirmed one of those individuals is Michelle Omoruyi's husband, Victor Omoruyi, 40.

You can find all the numbers provided by the Canada Border Services Agency here.

The figures also show a general overall increase in asylum claims in Canada, with 3,440 processed in March compared with 2,885 in February.

The Saskatchewan charges are part of an ongoing, four-month investigation by Canadian and USA authorities.

Court documents show that Victor Omoruyi, who is a Canadian citizen, was arrested April 14 after an SUV was stopped south of the North Dakota-Saskatchewan border.

"While these charges are laid as part of a dedicated project, a strategy was implemented in February to enhance patrols along the Canada/U.S. border", the RCMP said in a news release.

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

Over a four-month investigation, "the (Canada Border Services Agency) uncovered evidence to suggest suspected smugglers were allegedly bringing foreign nationals into Canada from the United States by facilitating their illegal crossing between designated ports of entry", Jason Evert, a CBSA assistant director, told reporters Wednesday.

A home in Regina was searched the following day and RCMP said a significant amount of cash was found. Once that investigation's complete and they consult with their prosecutors there, they'll determine what, if any charges, will be appropriate.

"So although it's organized, it's not necessarily something that's occurring on a daily or a weekly basis".

Last month, the RCMP intercepted 887 people crossing between official border points, with 644 of them crossing into Quebec.

One of the refugees told CBC reporters he paid $5,000 United States to be smuggled into Canada. Most cases occurred in Quebec, Manitoba and B.C. Safe Third Country Agreement - increases the problem of human smuggling and unlawful border crossings.

The increase has also prompted calls to review the Safe Third Country Agreement, under which Canada is obliged to return refugees to the U.S. if they make an asylum claim at a border checkpoint. "They're vulnerable and may be taken advantage of by people looking to gain financially from their situation".

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