Five visiting scholars from Afghanistan who disappeared from the University of Washington were found Wednesday morning in Canada after crossing the border separately over the past several days, a U.S. immigration official said.Quote has been trimmed
"We wanted to find them and we found them, so our investigation is now closed," said Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman in Seattle for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They're not in the U.S., so they're not in violation of U.S. immigration law."
Dankers said her agency worked with Canada Border Services Agency to confirm their whereabouts. A spokeswoman for the Canadian agency said she could not provide any information.
The names of the five scholars, all men age 30 or younger who were visiting the University of Washington to work on their master's theses, and their whereabouts in Canada weren't immediately available.
The five had attended the first week of training workshops after arriving in late September, but failed to show up for the second week of the program and have been missing since Oct. 6, the university said Tuesday.
The main question I see now is who are they and why did they decide to flee here?