US authorities accuse British family of 'illegally and deliberately' crossing border from Canada

Mail Online | 10/16/2019 | James Fielding;James Wood For Mailonline
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Two members of a British family locked up in an immigration detention centre in America after accidentally crossing over from Canada had previously been denied entry to the US, it has been revealed.

David and Eileen Connors, 30 and 24, from London, are being held with their three-month old son Tommy and David's brother Michael Connors, his wife Grace and their two-year-old twin girls.

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The family said they blundered into Washington state while trying to avoid an animal in the road on the Canadian side and have since been 'treated like criminals' by their US jailers.

They say they have been subjected to filthy conditions in the Berks Detention Center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, since October 5.

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But federal officials have now defended their handling of the case by disclosing that two of the adults had previously been denied entry to the country.

A spokesman from Aldea - the People's Justice Centre, who is representing the family, said they have been told they could be leaving the facility today.

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A spokesman from Aldea said: 'Unlike the southern border, there are no markings, there is no fence, nothing that indicates one side of the street is the US and the other is Canada. It is only separated by a strip of grass a few feet wide.

'It is not the first time a foreign citizen accidentally crosses the border and becomes tangled in the dangerous web of immigration detention.

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'They are very upset and emotionally affected. They wanted us to use exactly those words, 'emotionally affected'. They are being held against their will from the start and they just want to go home.

'They met with ICE earlier today (Tuesday) and they were told they would be gone in the next 24 hours - however they don't know who to believe or who to trust, as...
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