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Canadians Report More Scrutiny And Rejection At U.S. Border Checkpoints

Immigration lawyers say they've seen a spike in the number of Canadians turned back at the U.S. border since January. But federal officials insist that no policies have changed on the American side.
Cars line up to cross into the U.S. at the Canadian border on Feb. 25, in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec. Source: Don Emmert

Church volunteers on their way from Ontario to New Jersey were stopped at the U.S.-Canada border and turned away.

So were Canadian nurses who work at a hospital in Detroit.

Scores of Canadians say they've been refused entry at U.S. border checkpoints in recent weeks, and their stories have gotten a lot of attention.

At 4,000 miles, the U.S.-Canada line is the longest unprotected land border in the world, and it's relatively easy for Canadians to visit the U.S.; most don't

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