Canadians Feel A Frost At The Border

Why entering the U.S. is becoming a white-knuckle experience

When Neil G. Shearer, a painting contractor and yacht pilot, tried to cross the Canadian border into Washington last August, he figured it would be like dozens of other crossings he has made. How wrong he was. He was detained for 2 1/2 hours in a windowless room, had his car seized and then was banned from entering the U.S. for five years. His offense: trying to cross at another location after an inspector had turned him away for insufficient proof that he lived in Vancouver. "My persistence was stupid," says Shearer, 31. But he adds his real problem was "being stopped by some officious person in a bad mood."

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