More U.S. Citizens Are Being Turned Away At The Canadian Border

Thirty one percent more U.S. citizens were rejected at the Canadian border last year than 2015

A stop sign at the US/Canada border near Quebec — AFP/Getty Images
Mar 31, 2017 at 2:41 PM ET

As the Trump administration continues to try to close the country’s doors to foreigners — it turns out we’re not the only country cracking down. More U.S. citizens are being turned away at the Canadian border than in years past.

Thirty-one percent more U.S. citizens were rejected at the Canadian border in 2016 compared with the year before, according to data obtained by the Montreal newspaper La Presse, from the Canada Border Services Agency. Around 30,000 Americans were turned away at the border in 2016, compared with around 23,000 in 2015, and 7,500 in 2014.

An immigration lawyer told La Presse that increased exchange of data, such as criminal records, between U.S. and Canadian authorities could explain why more U.S. citizens were turned away. The CBSA did not provide a reason for the increase. “The number of people turned away at the border fluctuates from year to year,” Nicholas Dorion, a spokesperson for the CBSA, said. There’s no data yet for 2017 or any reason to believe that the Trump administration is to blame.

Since President Donald Trump’s election, more refugees, primarily from Africa or the Middle East, have been entering Canada from the U.S. illegally in order to claim asylum. In February, the number of border crossers crossing our northern border nearly tripled, compared with February 2016, according to data from the CBSA.

Despite hopes that the country on the other side of the border would be more welcoming than the U.S., an IPSOS/Reuters survey released earlier this month found that 48 percent of Canadians think border crossers should be sent back to the U.S. Additionally, 41 percent said that the migrants would make Canada “less safe.”

In Canada, a number of schools have cancelled their trips to the U.S. for fear of problems at the border. John Malloy, Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board, announced that no more trips will be booked to the U.S. until further notice.