Champlain, NY Border - Canadians have been complaining to the press about not being allowed to enter the United States. The reason? Allegedly, they told the CBP officers that they were entering the country to participate in protesting against President Donald Trump.
CNN reports (for what that's worth,) that on Thursday night, Canadian Joseph Decunha drove through Quebec to the New York border with two American citizens. Upon their arrival, they were asked what the purpose of their visit was, and they replied that they were attending the Womens' March and at the DC Inauguration. The group was asked if they were pro-Trump of anti-Trump.
"We were honest and said we were anti-Trump and at that point, he engaged me directly in conversation because I assumed I was the only Canadian," Decunha said.
Dechuna then elaborated to all of the American policies that the Canadian disagreed with.
The Americans in the anti-trump group were allowed entry, but the Canadian was refused. The CBP officer allegedly told him that he can't enter and claim he's a tourist if he's supporting anti-Trump activities.
Another Canadian, Sasha Dyck told reporters that she arrived at the border with a group of six Canadians and two French nationals. When the advised CBP that they were there for the protest, they were photographed, fingerprinted, and denied entry.
The group was allegedly warned if they attempted re-entry during that weekend (presumably under different pretenses to sneak in,) then they would be arrested.
People online are calling this a violation of the Canadian's Constitutional Rights. Except, non-Americans don't have the protection of the U.S. Constitution while they are off of U.S. soil.
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