When both the United States and Canada leave their dual citizens to wallow in uncertainties, those hapless fish/fowl are left to grasp at protruding roots that encircle the morass of quicksand.
Most often, those handholds are not data. If good data could be had, the atrocities of the situation would be too evident.
In absence of data, anecdote becomes all that is left to latch onto. Here are three, newly acquired this week.
One. A person from Canada in a position to test the system deliberately travels to the United States with an expired US passport. Objections. So sorry, so busy, didn’t notice, didn’t get around to it. Allowed in. Next time, not so good. The computer tells us that you were expired last time, and we know we told you that. After that second trip, testing accomplished, the passport is renewed. (At first hand.)
Two. Many travels from Canada across the border to see an aged mother. No problems. Mother now departed. Recent flight to Los Angeles to transit to cruise to South America. With U.S. place of birth in Canadian passport, the traveller is “grilled.” Companion traveller in same circumstance not grilled, because place of birth was not US or Canada. (At solid second hand.)
Three. Worst for last. Person in Canada owing U.S. tax of something less than $70,000 receives warning letter from Homeland Security. Message: Attempt to enter the United States and we will take you into custody. (At solid second hand.)