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Old 06-03-2015, 01:25 AM   #1
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Problems crossing the border, anyone?

I mentioned this to a couple of people at the rally, but I want to conduct a wider survey. I've crossed the border from Washington state into British Columbia three times in the past three years, and this time when I crossed for the rally it finally dawned on me that I was getting special treatment. Here's what happened:

The Canadian official at the booth asked me a few questions, then directed me to park my truck and trailer and go inside for "further questions". Inside I was asked my business, my background, and to list the states I have lived in. On the two previous crossings I have also had my vehicle searched, and in April 2014 I was asked for my computer password so my laptop could be searched. I thought this was a bit odd, but having visited Canada only one other time since childhood I didn't know any better.

On the crossing for this year's rally a pleasant young man told me that since Michael Lewis is a common name, they have to do further searching to make sure I am who I say I am. He indicted that there was another Michael Lewis born on the same day in Florida who was someone they didn't want in Canada. Then he gave me a folded piece of paper and asked me to write down my Social Security number. When I did, he unfolded the paper and showed me the number they were looking for, which was different.

So-- has anyone else had to go through this? I'm just curious. I like to feel special, but...
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:43 AM   #2
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That IS unique. I've never had so much as a hiccup at the border. A few questions answered, a passport produced, and on my way. No more than 60 seconds.

Face it Mike -- you're special!
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:45 AM   #3
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I am not asked these questions

The last time we entered Canada the only questions we were asked were where we were going, if we had any firearms, and what alcohol we were bringing. Last fall when we entered Canada and said we were going to Banff, we were also asked if we were daft since it was late in the year. But have never been searched while entering Canada.
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Probably thought you were carrying the threat of rain.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:07 AM   #5
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Probably thought you were carrying the threat of rain.
Well, they were right.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:23 AM   #6
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Well, they were right.
Hi: Mike Lewis... I had to be fingerprinted by the R.C.M.P. to get a U.S. I 94 card for cross border work driving bus. There is another "Alf", but lucky for me he is missing one finger. Alf
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:43 AM   #7
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My only big hiccup was once when a rookie border guard mistook my BC plate numbers for a WA state plate, which was obviously flagged.

A quick trip to secondary and all was good.
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Old 06-03-2015, 06:21 AM   #8
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Sitting here at a KOA south of Montreal after crossing from the states last afternoon--took about 3 minutes.
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:33 AM   #10
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I was once first off the ferry into Victoria, BC and the last to clear customs. My answers to their questions were not good enough at first. I work in public safety, so I am at ease in these environments. I had no real plans, a rental car, a frame pack, and a pile of receipts to my name. I see now how I was suspect. After being given the go ahead to visit their county, I asked the agent if they drove on the same side of the road as us, he didn't crack a smile.

My wife has an uncle and cousin who share a name with someone the US doesn't want in. Everytime they visit us they get held up in customs for extra questioning. It happens so often, but it's just policy and procedure on the government's end. This sounds similar to your problem.

On another note. We travel to Montreal often to watch soccer via NJ. On one of the other boards I belong to you read about fans who have DWIs from the past being turned around at the boarder. Their country, their rules.
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