Surrey RCMP confirms it detained two Turkish nationals in South Surrey this morning after they illegally crossed the border from the US into Canada.
Investigators say they were called around 7:20 this morning to reports the pair had crossed near 170th St. and 0 Avenue.
Officers located the man and woman, who were detained under the Immigration Act.
Staff Sergent Murray Hedderson says the pair had Turkish travel documents and cooperated with police; they’ve now been turned over to immigration officials.
“They will do their investigation, and then they would decide- either they would decide or go before an adjudication board to decide if they are released.”
Hedderson couldn’t confirm if the pair were trying to claim asylum in Canada.
“The constable who dealt with them, unfortunately, is not fluent in Turkish. It was hard to understand exactly what they were trying to get across. They did cooperate with police, they understood a little bit of English, but they had some difficulty communicating back to the constable.”
Illegal crossings from the U.S. into Canada have become a hot issue in recent weeks, with images from Manitoba and Quebec making national news.
More than 100 people have crossed into Canada near Emerson, Manitoba – a small town that has now put out a plea for supplies and donations to accommodate the sudden influx.
More to come…