What has become business as usual under the Obama administration at U. S. borders is no more, as six Canadians and two French nationals found out last Thursday after they were held up eventually denied entry into the U.S. border upon informing border patrol agents they were traveling to Washington, D.C, to participate in the Women’s March.
…The group, six Canadians and two French nationals, say they were very upfront when asked why they were trying to cross into the U.S. at the border that connects St Bernard de Lacolle in Quebec with Champlain, New York, on Thursday.
But when they told the border agents of their plans, they say they were pulled over and detained for two hours as their cars were searches, cellphones examined and they had their photos and fingerprints taken.
The French citizens were turned away and told they would now require a visa to enter the United States. While the Canadians were told to go home, and warned that if they tried to cross the border again this weekend, they would be arrested.
‘And that was it, they didn’t give a lot of justification,’ Dyck told the Guardian.
‘I think it’s a shame. I think the U.S. has historically been a very open country — open to other ideas or open to other people[…]
Of course, these non-American jackasses are used to crossing our borders freely and without question.
Another reason to be thankful that the era of Obama has ended. Sasha Dyck, of Montreal one of the men turned back took offense at being denied entry because after all when he crossed the border back in 2009 to attend Barack Obama’s inauguration, he was welcomed in with open arms…or so he says.
For the record, others attempting to gain entry to attend protests were also denied entry because attending a protest (and I agree) is not a valid reason to allow entry into the United States.
Border patrol also asked those seeking if they were anti or pro-Trump. Good move.
Cross-posted on PUMABydesign001’s Blog.