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Immigration Law

Anti-Trump Canadian Heading to Women's March Refused Entry to USA

CBC Radio, Jan. 20, 2017 - "The first question that he asked point blank was, "Are you anti or pro-Trump? At that time, I just assumed that he was just trying to feel out our opinions and what we were doing. We all expressed that we were anti. We simply had nothing to hide. He took a lot of interest in my opinions in particular. I'm assuming because I was the only Canadian there. At this point, he was quite friendly. He engaged me in a bit of conversation about why I oppose Trump and I spoke about the Affordable Care Act and some of the outrageous statements that he's made towards minorities. Then from there, the questioning moved on and I believe the border guard was just trying to determine if we were extremists or not. He asked about where I'd been, if i'd ever been to the Middle East. He asked about my political engagements. I explained I've been a member of the NDP in the past. ...  And at the end of that encounter, he made that statement, "I'm going to be upfront with you." And then he stopped and said, "I need to go and speak with my supervisor." We sat down for a few moments and he called us back up. He explained that both Ruth and Malcolm would be able to cross because they are American citizens but I would not be able to cross as a Canadian citizen for the sole purpose of participating in any sort of demonstrations. ... It was at this time that he started to throw some sort of pseudo legal jargon at us. He used the phrase "silent disruption" to characterize what I would be doing there. He said, "Would you agree that by standing in these crowds, that even though you may be a pacifist, that you would be disrupting events?" ... At this point, it was made clear to us that if I had been attending in support of Donald Trump and attending the Inauguration as a happy onlooker, that probably would have fallen under tourism and I would have been allowed to cross."