Border hassle, Canadian style
It's interesting to hear a story like this coming out of the CATSA side, intead of the Homeland Security side. I've certainly had my fair share of hassle heading south, but it sucks that people's not-so-storied pasts will now be a factor when they consider coming up here. I definitely know people who will likely face some extra scrutiny if they try to pay me a visit.
blu3 b0y writes "The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that new information sharing agreements have made it as easy for a Canadian border officer to know the full criminal records of US citizens as it is for their local police. As a result, Canadian officials are turning away American visitors for ancient minor convictions, including 30-year-old shoplifting and minor drug possession convictions. Officials claim it's always been illegal to enter Canada with such convictions without getting special dispensation, they just had no good way of knowing about them until recent security agreements allowed access. One attorney speculates it's not long before this information will be shared with other countries as well, causing immigration hassles worldwide."