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Re: [OM] OT: American Refugees in Canada

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: American Refugees in Canada
From: John Hudson <OM4T@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:26:31 -0300
People commute regularly between the USA and Canada without even leaving the privacy of their own homes !

Just a week or two ago our press carried a story about a couple looking to sell their home in Quebec. The front door was accessed from the Canadian side and the back door opened up into the USA with the border splitting the house in two.

To get into the back door from the front of the house the owners had to go via US Customs down the road.

Sounds funny? Not really. US Customs was serious. Break the rules and get caught the owners could have been looking at a US$5,000 fine per incident.

Seems that the trouble started with the in-house border problem was when Trump took up as POTUS.

No news update on whether the sellers have found a buyer.

jh


On 2017-08-10 10:12 AM, Charles Geilfuss wrote:
[Snip] There's been immigration both ways across the US-Canadian border for
centuries.

Indeed. When I lived in Lewiston, NY my barber was Canadian although, when
he took ill, he returned home for treatment.

Charlie

On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:05 AM, Sandy Harris <sandyinchina@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Chris Trask <christrask@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

      No, these are not natural-born US citzens, but instead are mostly
Haitian refugees from the 2010 earthquake:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40879544

Canada has a law that we won't take refugees who are already in a
"safe third country" so, for example, a Syrian cannot apply for
refugee status here if he or she is already in the US or most of
Europe, but the ones in refugee camps near the conflict can apply.
That has been controversial; some on the left claim the US is not
currently safe for Muslims so we should take more. Last I heard, the
government was still saying no to that.

A complication is that provinces can have their own programs to
encourage whatever they consider the right sort of immigrant & the
feds co-operate by providing visas. Quebec wants French speakers, so
they let in a lot of Haitians, Cameroonians, etc.

      Oddly, just yesterday the BBC here had an article about an American
family who emigrated from Charleston, SC to Halifax, NS.  Seafood should be
cheap, eh?

There's been immigration both ways across the US-Canadian border for
centuries.
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