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The Insanity Continues

A woman from France visiting her mom in B.C. says U.S. Border Patrol held her for crossing into Blaine, Washington. A French citizen visiting her mother in British Columbia, Canada was detained by the US Border Patrol for illegally entering the US as she jogged on a beach. There are no barriers or signs indicating there is a border of any kind on the beach, but the woman was held for two weeks in a detention facility in Tacoma, Washington while her mother got clearance from Canadian officials to accept the “illegal alien” back into Canada.

They spotted her on CCTV. Why don’t they have a speaker on the camera to warn people about crossing the border instead of wasting time and money sending the Border Patrol out to pick her up and detain her.

The US-Canadian border is about 5,500 miles long with a minimum of man-made or natural barriers to indicate there is a border. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House was required to add a painted line cutting through the building to accommodate US paranoia/xenophobia.

For the majority of the 2,000 mile southern border there are natural barriers that indicate you are crossing a border.


1 Badtux { 06.25.18 at 2:08 pm }

No natural barriers at the southern border west of the Rio Grande but there are at least fences to let you know where the border is, as well as the roads that the Border Patrol has created to patrol the border. On the northern border you can just walk across most of it with no indication of what country you’re in. The Pacific Crest Trail terminates in Canada with no border crossing indicated anywhere. You’re supposed to then walk to the nearest town to check in with Canada to get your tourist visa if walking north, and if walking south you’re supposed to first go to the nearest port of entry, get your passport stamped for entry, then go back into Canada and walk south.

And occasionally the Border Patrol sets up a checkpoint just south of the border to arrest people who are backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail.

As if terrorists are going to enter the country with a backpack along the Pacific Crest Trail when they could just get a tourist visa like every other terrorist that has ever attacked America…

2 Bryan { 06.25.18 at 3:35 pm }

In North Dakota there are posts every so often, but most of them have been plowed under by farmers, mostly by accident. Michael Moore used to have a TV show and on one episode he had a crew showing the Canadian & US farmers trying to find one of the posts they both said were there between their fields.

I would assume that gps would help in a general way.

During the summer in Rochester we would make a Molsen run across Lake Ontario to Brighton, Ontario. No one asked for anything other than proof of age. New York driver’s licenses at the time were Hollerith cards folded in half.

I would note that most terrorists don’t overstay their visas I won’t say anything about getting a “terrorist visa” because that would be uncivil or something 😈