An American woman and her two children were recently denied entry into Canada – twice – because, according to the Canadian border agent, people on welfare shouldn’t take vacations. This raises and interesting set of points to consider.
The main reason that people are denied entry into a foreign country these days seems to be a concern over intent to emigrate rather than just visit. This woman was going to visit friends and family, so she had a base of support infrastructure available to her on the Canadian side of the border. And it is arguable that she had nothing tying her down in the USA that was particularly compelling to make her want to return.
It may not be politic to say it, but I can understand where the Canadians are coming from on this one and I actually tend to agree with the decision. I don’t know whether the woman was planning on emigrating or not, and saying it the way they did was probably stupid, but the border agents operate within a relatively well defined set of guidelines and this case seems to have met the litmus test of probably not being a viable candidate for entry.
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