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Canadians Say They're Getting Denied Entry at the US Border for Wanting to Protest Trump

Border officials aren't required to explain why they don't let certain people through.

by Rachel Browne
Jan 21 2017, 9:28pm

There's a growing chorus of Canadians claiming they have been detained and turned away at the U.S. border for trying to attend the presidential inauguration and the Women's March on Washington.

Sasha Dyck, a 34-year-old from Montreal, told reporters yesterday that he and five other Canadians and two French nationals were denied entry at the St. Bernard de Lacolle border crossing into New York on Friday after explaining their protest plans to the American border guards.

He claims the group was told to go to secondary screening where they spent hours being searched, fingerprinted, and were told to unlock their cell phones for inspection.

"I hope it doesn't represent a closing down or a firming up of the border, or of mentalities south of the border," said Dyck, who added that he had no trouble getting through the border for Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009.

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