Titus Lunter reports the following via Twitter:
This is what happened:— Titus 'Tired AF' Lunter (@TitusLunter) 27. august 2018
Please don't point fingers. It's a very complicated situation and we are figuring out what exactly went wrong and why. Mostly, we are tired, scared, glad and overwhelmed. A huge thanks to your support and love. pic.twitter.com/c9hadptU8f
Please help me understand how this happened. :(
11 hours my friend, luckily not 11 days! =DReplyDelete
Ahh, thanks for correcting me Titus! Will correct this ASAP. Also, glad you guys are okay! :)ReplyDelete
US Customs & Immigration can be total complete boneheads. Janet & I got once detained for hours because our checked luggage did not make a previous connection. We almost missed the next leg of our flight. This was entirely deliberate, gratuitous, and malicious, care of a power tripping jerk with way too much time on his hands. I hope my curse rendered him impotent for the rest of his miserable life.ReplyDelete
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First I think in the past two decades the border system on both sides of the border have gone off the deep end. It didn't start with the current office holder. Although the blame the more draconian measure being seen can be place on him.ReplyDelete
The basic issue with getting in on the Visa Waiver program is that you can't be paid by a US Corporation. You can come in for business as long as no salary or fee is being paid. Otherwise you got to get one of these visa.
For example I service from time to time my company's metal cutting machines in Canada. They have the similar restriction on earning money as the US. So I and my co-worker has to show a Purchase Order showing that this is service due under the original contract. If was service that had to be paid for we have to go through a different procedure and we are handed a different piece of paper to show at the border.
As for the detention there are problems all over as shown by this news report of a similar situation.
Basically the issue with harsh detentions is the same problem that occurred with separating kids at the border, interpreting regulations designed to handle criminals and terrorists in the broadest possible sense. In pursuit of the current government idiotic Know-Nothing (the first anti-immigrant US party) policies.
Sorry to hear about your experiences Bruce! That guy surely deserved that curse. Thankfully I have only had good experiences with customs officers during my visits to the US.ReplyDelete
Thanks for explaining how this works Rob! I heard from other sources that the ESTA wasn't valid for the type of work these artists were supposed to do. It is a shame that they had to go through that treatment since being denied entrance to the US would surely be bad enough for them.ReplyDelete
im quite fearful of entering the usa even as a touristReplyDelete
also for friends who have moved there to live with partners now having goalpoasts changed since they moved there
Lets just say I had a similar, and perhaps worse experience with what was supposed to only be a connecting flight through London Heathrow about 15 years ago. It sucked and the officer at Heathrow was power tripping, but I guess my point is that the USA isn't unique in this regard.ReplyDelete
Also, as someone married to a legal immigrant, I would suggest that there is no reason to conflate anti illegal immigrant policies with anti immigrant policies. While it is certainly true that the current administration is hyper focused on illegal immigration, it seems particularly odd to therefor accuse the administration of being anti-immigrant altogether, considering the current president, like myself, is married to an immigrant and has children with a former wife who was also an immigrant. That math doesn't add. All I'm suggesting is that, regardless of political persuasions, Americans are not xenophobic.