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Canada targets smuggling ring

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STANSTEAD, Quebec (AP) - Canadian immigration officials believe a smuggling ring has been bringing Gypsies into the U.S. through Mexico in order for them to eventually gain asylum in Canada.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday that 85 people who arrived in Canada over the last few months have now been classified as "irregular arrivals" and says 40 of them have been arrested under newly enacted immigration laws that allow for the mandatory detention of those suspected to have arrived in Canada via smugglers.

Irregular arrival means they can't apply for permanent residence status for at least five years.

In recent months, cars loaded with ethnic Roma asylum seekers have run the border between Vermont and Quebec.

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