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As reported by CBC News on Tuesday May 6, 2014 – “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flew to Chicago last week, but subsequently “withdrew” his request to enter the United States and ended up leaving the country, according to the consul general of Canada in Chicago.”
According to Canada’s Consul General in Chicago, Roy Norton, officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection had confirmed that Ford arrived in Illinois. Norton clarified by saying that “after discussion” with U.S. Border Patrol, Ford “withdrew his request to enter the USA and departed.”
It should be noted that the mayor’s trip came hours after Ford announced he was “taking a leave of absence” to seek rehabilitation for alcohol and substance abuse. Which may possibly hold some bearing as to the speculation of his denied entry into the US.
Toronto immigration lawyer Michael Niren told CBC News that officials may have made it clear he was unwelcome. Niren elaborated by explaining that Ford could be inadmissible to the U.S. given his admission of drug use, even though he has never been charged in Canada.
“Most likely what happened was the immigration officer at the border may have warned him that he would likely be denied entry, so he was allowed to withdraw. Meaning he decided he’s not going to make a formal entry to avoid the risk of being formally refused.” – Michael Niren
Niren also stated that this incident may raise concerns for Canadians seeking substance abuse treatment in the U.S. in rergards to border crossing.
“If a Canadian admits to a border official that the purpose of their visit is to attend a rehab clinic, it’s going to raise issues of whether or not the Canadian has been convicted of a drug offence or committed an act that will result in a finding of inadmissibility. And it’s discretionary as to whether or not the officer can bar him. The admission of the purpose of going to the U.S. for rehab could result in a refusal.”
Under increased border security, the days of easy access to the U.S. are long gone. Inadmissibility affects many people, but for some, there is hope. If you have been denied entry at the U.S. border, we at VisaPlace.com may be able to help. Our award winning team of licenced immigration professionals have handled a wide array of cases and are happy to discuss your best options.
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