D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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CBC – Canadian Accused at U.S. Border of “Stealing American Jobs”

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 1:45 PM

From the CBC article:

A B.C. sales representative who markets equestrian products in Canada was barred from crossing the U.S. border to attend a trade show last month by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who accused him of trying to steal American jobs.

"He looked at me, and in a yelling voice he said, 'You're friggin' stealing jobs away from American citizens,' and I tried telling him that I wasn't," Joel Borsteinas told CBC News.

"I said, 'Well I don't actually bring the products in. I just write the orders. It's all in Canada,'" said Borsteinas.

"He says, 'Oh you are a consultant then.' I says, 'No — I'm just a salesman. I sell to Canadian stores.' And he says 'Nope, you are a consultant,'" said Borsteinas. "Once again, he says 'You are stealing jobs away from us.'"

Borsteinas said he was then fingerprinted and sent back into Canada. The border officer warned him if he tried to enter the U.S. on business again, he should expect to be prosecuted.

(Read the entire article here.)

Canadians should be outraged at this. It’s one thing to legitimately question whether the position someone is doing can or should be filled by an American first. It’s entirely another to accuse someone of intentionally stealing jobs away. This is an abuse of power, as is the fear-mongering of threatening prosecution if Mr. Borsteinas ever tried to enter the US on business again.

I may not agree with the outcome of my own recent experiences, but I’m sure glad that the CBP officers I dealt with were professional.



# re: CBC – Canadian Accused at U.S. Border of “Stealing American Jobs”

Sumas. Why am I not surprised? I've never had a good experience at that crossing, and that was where I was also told about "foreigners stealing US jobs".

Lonely CBP officials who obviously need something to liven their days. 3/17/2009 2:24 PM | Kent Sharkey

# re: CBC – Canadian Accused at U.S. Border of “Stealing American Jobs”

I crossed at Porthill before...that was a weird experience. Three CBP officers came out, one searched the trunk while they asked us about Seattle (where we were going): what we were going to see, what we were going to do, then made comments about how they didn't really like Seattle (which was weird considering the rest of the conversation).

D 3/17/2009 2:34 PM | D'Arcy from Winnipeg

# re: CBC – Canadian Accused at U.S. Border of “Stealing American Jobs”

say it with me... TOURISM 3/17/2009 4:05 PM | Chris G. Williams

# re: CBC – Canadian Accused at U.S. Border of “Stealing American Jobs”

I remember the good ol' days before 9/11. Driving down to Frostfire for a ski trip, and at the border crossing the official would open the door just enough to stick his hand out and wave us through (it was -30 out). 3/18/2009 12:37 PM | Dylan Smith

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