News/Canada: Teens claiming refugee status

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Subject: News/Canada: Teens claiming refugee status
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Feb 11 2000 - 19:35:44 EST


Teens claiming refugee status
By Kelley Teahen
London (Ontario) Free Press, February 9, 2000

WINDSOR -- Seven young illegal Chinese migrants found hiding in a van
driven by a Chatham man last week have been ordered removed from Canada.

However the seven -- all under 18 at the time of arrest -- have filed
claims for refugee status in Canada, so their order to leave is put on hold
until their claims are heard.

And even though their refugee hearings may not be for months, adjudicator
Carmen de Carlo ordered all seven remain in detention. He said the seven,
who admitted they were in Canada only to get to the U.S., likely would try
to get to the U.S. again if not held.

The seven were among nine migrants found last Tuesday in the back of a van
driven by Shannon Yoell, 22, of Chatham-Kent, after Yoell was pulled over
by U.S. immigration authorities at the Ambassador Bridge.

All were refused entry to the U.S. but the two oldest were held as
witnesses by U.S. authorities. They were returned to Canada on Monday
night, said Marc Bourgeois of Citizenship and Immigration Canada's Windsor
office.

In examining the other seven, Canadian authorities found none had identity
documents although jail officials found each had $200 US sewn inside their
pant leg -- the same money-hiding spot discovered on the 10 Chinese migrant
girls found in a van in Wallaceburg, near Walpole Island, Jan. 5.

Five of the seven said they didn't know the others and told Canadian
immigration authorities they came to Canada by plane or boat to Vancouver.

However, two who said they came to Canada last month via Pearson
International Airport in Toronto said the whole group travelled together on
a flight from Hong Kong and that a smuggler, who supplied them with false
travel documents, travelled with them.

Yoell picked up the nine in Chatham-Kent and has told U.S. immigration
officials he was paid $500 upfront and was to be paid another $1,200 after
he drove the nine to New York City.

Yoell, who's in custody in the U.S., has been providing information to U.S.
authorities, said Brian Slonac, of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Melanie Orhant

morhant@igc.org
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