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Deemed inadmissible to Canada

Thursday, February 21, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

ABRIDGED NEWS RELEASE

CANADA BORDER
SERVICES AGENCY

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SAULT STE. MARIE - In January, officers at the Sault Ste. Marie POE (port of entry) conducted more than 309 immigration interviews resulting in the issuance of 12 visitor records, 31 work permits, one study permit, and five Temporary Resident Permits.

Fifteen individuals were given the option of voluntarily withdrawing their application to enter Canada.

On January 23, a lone teenage traveller arrived at the POE seeking entry to visit a friend.

After interviewing the teenager further, CBSA officers determined that her intention was to meet an adult male whom she had met in Canada during the previous summer.

Sault Ste. Marie Police Services were called to investigate the matter and subsequently arrested and charged the adult male with sexual interference, sexual exploitation, sexual assault and possessing child pornography.

The teenager returned to the United States and was reunited with her family.

Also on January 23, a male U.S. resident was seeking entry into Canada.

Officers conducted a criminal records check and discovered that the individual had several convictions including driving under the influence, assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment/ death and reckless driving.

He was deemed inadmissible to Canada due to his criminality and was given the option of voluntarily withdrawing his application to enter Canada.

He returned to the United States.

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Number One Son 2/21/2013 2:22:50 PM Report

We sometimes see them as being a bit "anal" in their approach to those of us that cross the border, but stopping occurrences like these ones lets us know they are doing a good job, .... kudos to the Customs agents at our border.
rpy1958 2/21/2013 5:16:35 PM Report

They put their game face on and do a job that needs serious attention all the time. No room for niceties, even for those that would never break the law. If you feel uncomfortable and edgy then they are doing a good job. Instead of getting upset say thank you for keeping our country a little safer.
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 7:41:57 PM Report

Precisely!

Protecting our Country is a very important job and they are to be commended. Collecting taxes from hard working over taxed Canadians when they are doing what they can to save some of that earned income, or purchase merchandise at what it was intended to be sold for without being constantly gouged, is very wrong.

I have no problem being asked if I have drugs or weapons that I am not declaring, or ensuring my passengers are who I say they are. When they pull me over for buying multiple gallons of milk, or several dozen eggs and a half dozen loaves of bread, it becomes something else. Not saying it happens all the time, but even once is ridiculous. The time and effort they pay them to complete the transaction and unpleasentries outweighs the benefit.

Another FACT: If you purchase an item in say Sault Michigan for which you declare and pay tax and for one reason or another after bringing it home, decide you want to return it. You will have no issue returning the item to Michigan but you will have quite an issue retrieving your refund for the taxes you paid when you claimed the item in Canada. Customs does not issue refunds. You have to fill out a form that they will give you and 'apply' for the refund. Good luck! Can you imagine how many Canadians decide to return merchandise that was properly claimed and taxes paid on, and are told they cannot receive that refund at POE. I bet it adds up to a helluva lot!! In this day and age of everything electronic, why is it that the POE cannot issue a refund, yet they can receive payment a multitude of ways?

Just sayin.
publicserviceworker 2/21/2013 9:48:50 PM Report

To- Intwydimayla69

What's it like to be on the inside and frustrated? Haha. "POE". You are clearly well versed in CBSA terminology...... Just saying. :)
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 10:11:11 PM Report

PSW!! YAG!
SPOCK-62 2/21/2013 10:12:10 PM Report

Earlier today, I was out doing errands and my lovely wife had given me a big Walmart list. I thought it might be a good idea to go home, get my passport and shop at USA Walmart and get some cheap gas as well. I then started to think about the POE at USA and the POE returning back to where I live. The line ups. Bridge fare. My time. ....I shopped here. At home . Canada.
Intwydimayla69 2/21/2013 10:32:44 PM Report

But SPOCK, that is not logical. You had an opportunity to spend more time away from your 'lovely wife' and save money possibly to use toward a 'lovely dinner'.

Rather, you chose the warm and fuzzy comfortable route so as to get home and likely receive the praise you so deserve!!!

Strange indeed. A conundrum wrapped in an enigma of sorts, wouldn't you agree? LOL
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