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As Canadians avoid the U.S. over fears of being rejected at the border, new figures suggest it’s Americans who might be more likely to get denied entry by Canada.
Numbers obtained by La Presse show that the rate of Americans being turned back by Canadian border guards at land crossings has skyrocketed by 31 percent over the last year. This flies in the face of the narrative that Canadians are having a harder time crossing into the U.S. because of new immigration policies being pursued by President Donald Trump.
The figures show that 30,233 Americans were rejected while trying to enter Canada in 2016, compared to 23,052 who were turned away by the Canada Border Services Agency the year before. In 2014, the number was less than half at only 7,509.
Like their American counterparts, Canadian border guards have discretion over who they let in and out, and are not required to publicly disclose their reasons. The CBSA wouldn’t explain why more Americans are being turned away, but told La Presse the total number of people crossing into the border fluctuates every years.
Although many Canadians have spoken
out about intense interrogations by American border guards, including
personal questions about their religious and political views, other data
obtained this week by the Canadian Press show that fewer Canadians are being rejected by American guards in recent months.