Border Agents Refused Entry to Canadians Who Wanted to March

The Washington Post reports that U.S. Border Patrol Agents refused entry to Canadians who were coming to the U.S. to join the Women's March:

U.S. border agents asked what they planned to do in the United States. “We said we were going to the Women’s March on Saturday and they said, ‘Well, you’re going to have to pull over,’ ” Dyck told the Guardian. Agents then searched their car and examined their cellphones, according to Dyck. Each member of the group was fingerprinted and had their pictures taken.

Finally, after two hours, the agents told Dyck and his friends to turn around. “They said, ‘You’re headed home today,’ ” Dyck told the Guardian. Officials warned that they’d be arrested if they tried to cross at a different spot this weekend, Dyck said. “And that was it, they didn’t give a lot of justification.”


These weren't the only Canadians searched and hassled at the border when disclosing plans to attend the march. The article has more examples.

If this is true, ICE needs to fire these border patrol agents. Since that won't happen, I hope those refused entry contact the ACLU or some other civil liberties group and see if a lawsuit is feasible. This is a systemic problem with Border Control agents.

A 2016 report by an independent task force found the sys­tem for dis­cip­lin­ing ab­us­ive or cor­rupt Bor­der Patrol agents and of­ficers is so flawed that it hardly acts to de­ter crim­in­al mis­con­duct. You can read the full draft report here.

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