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Border Patrol arrests 11 after cars drive through unguarded

March 7, 2018

FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, a border post and planters in Derby Line, Vt., mark the United States-Canadian border where it leads to the Haskell Opera House and library, rear, a building located in the two countries. The U.S. Border Patrol said 11 people, including five children, who crossed into the United States on the sidewalk during the early morning hours of March 3, 2018, were taken into custody. Of the 11 individuals, seven are Romanian and four are French. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

DERBY LINE, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says 11 people, including five children, were apprehended after they crossed into the United States on a sidewalk by a library that serves people from both Vermont and Quebec.

In a statement, the Border Patrol says that during the early morning hours of March 3, two vehicles drove on the sidewalk by the Haskell Free Library, which straddles the border between Derby Line, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec. The sidewalk is left open so locals can use the library.

The vehicles then got onto Interstate 91 where they were stopped by border agents.

Of the 11 individuals taken into custody, seven were Romanian and four were French.

There was a similar incident on Feb. 27 involving a single vehicle carrying five Romanians.

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