February 15, 2016

EVERY IMMIGRANT YOU THINK IS LAW ABIDING...:

O Yeah, Canada: The Border Republicans Forgot (LAWRENCE DOWNES FEB. 15, 2016, NY Times)

The Republican presidential candidates who battled for votes in New Hampshire last week, rousing the rabble with their usual talk of scary aliens at the border, were strangely silent about the closest international boundary. They did not warn of the Canadians who flood south by the millions each year to play and work, taking our Christmas-tree-selling jobs. They did not mention the Canadian scofflaws -- nearly 100,000 in fiscal 2015 -- who overstay their visas, the most of any nationality. [...]

[T]he Department of Homeland Security released -- just last month! -- an official report on the visa problem. There may be tons of Canadians living in the shadows, defying our laws ... for what? Perhaps for our superior bacon, perhaps for other, more sinister reasons.

I tried to investigate the threat myself, making the long drive north from Manchester last Wednesday. The crossing signs warned of moose, not aliens. At a crossing somewhere in New Hampshire or Vermont -- I prefer not to say for security reasons -- I encountered a wily Canadian, a border agent who tried, through friendliness, to rob me of my suspicions.

L.D.: Do I need a passport to get in or out? Because I forgot mine.

W.C.: The border was back there, at the top of the hill.

L.D.: I'm in Canada? I am so sorry.

W.C.: That's O.K. What are you going to do now?

L.D.: I don't know. Get lunch?

W.C.: There's a nice town up the road called Coaticook. Would you like a map?

His politeness unnerved me. How had I been lured into his country? And how would I get back?

The road north went through bleak cow country. Coaticook was a little dismal, in a Fargo way, but with a nice diner. The cook told me he used to go down to New England as a young man to work as a lumberjack, but today's Canadians don't do that.


...overstayed their visa at some point.

Posted by at February 15, 2016 2:24 PM

  

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