(Just facts about how-things-are.)
This is a spin-off thread from mike's topic -
"The ideal immigration/border policy"
mike's thread, page 1:
in the past, i crossed the Canadian border a few times, before and after 9-11-2001, and the resulting U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Also, the Mexican border, but, not for many years; we had one flight to Europe in 1989-ish.) never on business. Our son traveled to Brazil once, 2010-ish.lesterb wrote:Okay, in light of the last several posts, here are the feelings of a Canadian.
We live about 45 minutes from the US border. I have, over the years, been asked various times to attend meetings in the US. Sometimes this involved speaking there. Often it meant that my expenses were paid, and sometimes even my time.
Crossing the border was always an issue, until all of a sudden I started just getting waved through, almost.
I had been called in for secondary inspection at the airport. Did the supervisor put a note on my profile? I don't know.
But now I have no idea what to expect.
What are the chances of getting turned back?
According to what I've been reading it could be a good possibility.
No question, 9-11-2001 changed international travel.
possibly most on this forum know more than i do about crossing borders/international travel, some know a lot.
one "fact" i recall about leaving the U.S. always was:
it's easy to leave, possibly not so easy to re-enter.
for neophytes, this can be quite shocking.
i believe it's mostly about having required inoculations (these vary, depending on the itinerary) - and, having proper documentation, passports, papers to document inoculations, and so on.
the U.S. being a "nation of laws."
Canada and Mexico and all other countries are also: nations of laws.
when crossing borders, it's important to know ahead of time what to expect, leaving+returning.
these days, the U.S. Department of State has lots of online travel information, including travel warnings .. frequent travelers are well aware? .. this page was helpful when our son traveled to Brazil, he was naive, he had a lot to learn to prepare. we studied this gov page (and much more.)
lester, regarding your question about current potential problems at the U.S./Canadian border,
in recent years, i've had similar misgivings from this side, having read a few reports like this one, below, about U.S. citizens detained in Canada; these, pro-life activists, another, possibly a traditional family proponent:
LaBarbera in Canada - 2014
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/break ... -in-canada
will my internet opinions on pro-life and traditional marriage, parents' rights, and so on, cause me trouble if i happen to visit Canada? i read, Canada protects and defends her borders (as countries do.)
or, are we both subject to political hype? maybe some of both?
laws change, governments change, we can't expect to cross borders "as we always did," just because we did. we don't enjoy losing personal freedoms, but, we can.
This thread isn't about what we want immigration/border policies to be,
but, simply, what are policies?