Friday, March 31, 2017

It's Not The Friendliest Border Anymore!

The Haskell Free Library is located directly on the U.S.-Canadian border. The library has a taped line on the floor letting people know whether you're in the United States or Canada. Donald J. Trump's border enforcement policies could make it extremely difficult for Canadians and Americans to enter without restrictions.

The friendship is becoming quite testy. People who live in Canada are having trouble entering the United States. When it comes to work visas, travel plans, and school, there are some Canadians being turned away at the gate by the United States Customs and Border Agency.

The border patrol is now making life difficult for people who live in Canada, those who have property on the border and of course some who live in areas where it's essential to be in the United States and Canada.

Fuhrer Donald J. Trump's promise to secure the border isn't just focused on Mexico. It's focused on the longest and unmanned U.S.and Canadian border.

The United States and Canada share a complexed border. Some of the border cuts in areas like homes, businesses and private property.

Examples include the town of Derby Line, Vermont. The town sits directly on the border and there are businesses, a road and a library that literally divides the countries. The town is directly within a block of Stanstead, Quebec.

Some who live Canada have to work in the United States. Cities like Buffalo, Detroit and Niagara Falls are directly on the border. The city of Blaine Washington, has the Peace Arch.

The town of Point Roberts, Washington sits on a peninsula at the tip of British Columbia, a province in Canada.

People who live in Point Roberts have to cross the border more than two times a day to get to school, food and resources from both countries.

And the tiny hamlet of Estcourt Station, Maine. You have to enter Canada to get to this area. The logging roads that lead to the town from the American side are treacherous. It's risky enough to get through the rugged and hardly traveled roads of Maine's autonomous region.

The town sits directly on the border and it has the Quebec area code. The town has about 5 people living there and the houses are literally on the border. The largely populated town of Pohenegamook, Quebec and Estcourt Station are unified. The residents are American and Canadian. They find difficulty living on the border.
Estcourt Station, Maine and Pohenegamook, Quebec. This property literally sits on the U.S.-Canadian border.
Since 9/11, the U.S. border patrol made it top priority to keep illegal entry from happening. Even in a tiny hamlet like Estcourt Station, a Canadian who wants to fill up at the local Gulf station in Estcourt will have to report to the U.S. Border Patrol located about 3/4 mile from the station. And if it's not open, people are required to stay away from the area. They could face a hefty fine and jail time if caught.

Residents have to follow the rules when entering their properties. They can cut their grass, barbecue their food and enjoy the sunset in their backyards. But they have to stay in the backyards and never travel further into the brush. Because if they enter the brush, they entered the United States illegally.

They are sometimes trapped in their homes from 5pm on Friday until 9am on Monday.

And this has gotten the attention of American lawmakers. Some are shrugging it off. Others aren't.

Immigration attorneys believe that Trump's proposals are unconstitutional and vow to fight his executive orders in federal court.

Trump's policies could hurt relations with our trading partners Canada and Mexico.

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