2017-02-04 Sat

Crossing the Border At Lewiston

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The devil is in the Details.

After 9/11 every time I crossed the border at Lewiston I was dragged off to Immigration for 45-60 minutes. Fingerprinted, interrogated (OK, “Questioned”), six dollars extracted from my wallet. In one case abused by a border guard.

The scenario was consistent, each time we made the trip, five or six times a year for ten years. Lewiston, right-hand lane and right-hand kiosk, same car, same registration, same driver (me) with a landed immigrant paper/card and a British passport, same passenger – the car’s owner with a Canadian Passport.

Same purpose of trip, same everything.

Same fingerprints, same answers to interrogation, only the dollar notes were different.

McAllenan is being coy.

McAllenan says nothing about Permanent residents (that would be me) who do not carry a Canadian Passport (that would be me).

The Canadian Government says it has been assured that for people such as I was, “can travel to the U.S. as normal”.

For me that meant, every time without exception, being dragged off to Immigration for 45-60 minutes. Fingerprinted, interrogated (OK, “Questioned”), six dollars extracted from my wallet.

That is Normal for crossing the border at Lewiston.

In desperation I took out a third nationality, Canadian, solely to get a Canadian passport, and that only to be able to get OUT of Canada easily.

Worked like magic! With my Canadian Passport I can leave Canada with less than sixty seconds formality.

As far as I know I am the only person who has taken out Canadian Citizenship in order to be able to leave the country!