Americans Detained For Attempting To Cross Border

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( – US citizens were fined after using the wrong lane to cross into the United States from Mexico. According to a KTTV-TV report, the two Los Angeles residents were not only detained but also made to pay fines in order to keep their car from being impounded after they used the Sentri Lane by accident. The Sentri Lane only allows pre-approved travelers to use it.

Rose, a Burbank California resident spoke with KTTV-TV about their experience crossing the Tijuana/San Ysidro Port of Entry. As she recalled there were concrete barriers separating the lanes, which meant that after they accidentally entered the wrong lane they had no way of going back. As she noted the reason why they took the Sentri Lane is that that was the way that her GPS system told her was the fastest way.

Ana Salazar, a Pasadena, California resident traveling with Rose said that this was the most humiliating experience of her life.

Attorney John Manley is representing the two women who found themselves in the wrong lane when crossing the border.

Manley said that his clients experienced a very common treatment with officials shackling them to a bench for a few hours before telling them to pay up or lose their car. There is a $5,000 fine for using the Sentri Line, but that fine only applies if you have already been caught using the sentry lane twice before.

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