Arrest made in Sask. human smuggling case

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As a result of the search warrant and events from April 14, Michelle Omoruyi, a 43-year-old Regina woman, has been charged with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Staff Sergeant Donovan Fisher told a press conference "nine foreign nationals were (also) intercepted while crossing the border into Canada".

"The majority of irregular migrants are holders of visas for the United States", according to a statement released Wednesday from the office of Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale."Canadian authorities are managing the increase in asylum seekers in a sound and measured way".

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

While the number of times RCMP officers intercepted illegal border crossings by asylum seekers increased again last month, the rate of that increase appears to have slowed significantly since the start of the year.

"Unfortunately one of the effects of the Safe Third Country Agreement is to provide business opportunities for smugglers, who often take advantage of the need and desperation of refugees", said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.

One person has been charged in connection with a human smuggling case in southeast Saskatchewan.

The Canada Border Services Agency reports on its website that 887 people were caught by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in March, which almost triples January's number of 315.

On Wednesday, police gave few other details about the charges, describing them as part of an ongoing investigation.

Fortin has said he wants the federal government to create a team of CBSA officers who would patrol in between ports, a job that is now part of the RCMP's responsibilities. There is a loophole, however: if anyone is found at an illegal crossing they are brought into Canada for questioning, where they can then apply for asylum.

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