True stories from the Saskatchewan border in October
November 22, 2016 Regina, Saskatchewan Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of October highlights from its border crossings in Saskatchewan. Officers at North Portal, the largest land border crossing, welcomed more than 23,000 travellers to Canada, and also refused entry to 57 foreign nationals for various reasons:
On October 13, a United States man said he was entering to permanently live with his online Canadian girlfriend. Officers questioned him further and found that this “girlfriend” was actually a 13-year-old minor, and that her parents were unaware of the nature of their relationship. The man was refused entry for lack of a visa and issued an exclusion order, banning him from returning to Canada for one year. The case information was also passed on to local authorities.
On October 11 at the remote Climax border crossing, officers refused entry to a Minnesota man convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
At Oungre, another isolated border crossing, officers refused entry to a Texas man on October 14. They found he had been convicted of armed robbery and was still on probation. On October 21, officers refused entry to a North Dakota man with convictions for theft, domestic assault, and various drug offences.
CBSA officers at North Portal encountered many other unique cases over the course of the month:
- On October 5, officers found an undeclared switchblade concealed in the passenger-side seat cover of an Ohio commercial driver. As the driver was aware of the knife’s prohibited status and frequently crossed into Canada, he was issued a $500 penalty before being allowed to continue into Canada. In a similar incident on October 25, officers searched the truck of a Wisconsin man bound for Alaska to verify his declaration of five long guns. Officers found two prohibited switchblades in the centre console, and they were seized with no terms of release.
- On October 20, officers met a returning Alberta man who presented a receipt for $650 in upgrades to a utility task vehicle However, officers discovered this was a false invoice and obtained the real one, which listed more than $30,000 in parts and repairs. Had the man properly declared the modifications, he would have paid approximately $1,500 in goods and services tax. Because he was untruthful, officers applied a penalty of more than $16,000.
- On October 21, officers processed four United States residents who were entering Canada either to hunt or fish. However, all were found inadmissible for impaired driving convictions and other criminality, and were turned back south.
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- CBSA officers in Saskatchewan process an average of 64,271 travellers in 15,789 cars, 12,424 commercial trucks, and 263 flights every month (based on 2015 statistics).
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