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Jalbert is charged with entering the United States without a customs or immigration inspection, possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jalbert and other locals said Cantrell is an overeager, uncompromising agent who is unfamiliar with the way things have been done in this area of the border for decades

TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!! GET USED TO IT!

1 posted on 11/24/2002 9:10:44 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Well, the worm has turned. It has always been the Canadian government giving American truckers a hard time. Canadian truckers who get caught for overloading in the US pay very small fines. If an American trucker crosses the line with a little too much load, they are immediately turned into criminals and made to pay big fines. Time the Canadians get a little bit of their own medicine.
2 posted on 11/24/2002 9:20:31 AM PST by abclily
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This guy crossed the wrongborder. If it was California, we'd be stuffing a college scholarship in his hand.
3 posted on 11/24/2002 9:22:26 AM PST by breakem
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To: fight_truth_decay

Michel Jalbert's problems began near this spot the afternoon of Oct. 11, when he crossed from Quebec into Maine to buy gasoline at Ouellet's Gaz Bar in Estcourt Station. Staff photo by Fred J. Field

4 posted on 11/24/2002 9:29:24 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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I am of VERY mixed mind about this. We and the Canadians have long prided ourselves on having the longest un-fortified border in the world and it was something to boast about. However, following 09/11/2001, and considering Canada's open door political refugee policy, this is an open wound ripe for infection.

As far as being an sympathetic towards this luckless individual, that is easy and I am. He had no illegal intentions, he was doing a normal, routine business transaction and was nailed on a set of technicalities that he probably could not have complied with since the US Customs Post was already closed.

As far as Canada and their upset about this, they need to do a reality check! We are at war and our borders are our front-lines. The Al Quiada Millenium Bomb plot was stopped by a US Border Policewoman and not by anything done by Canadian authorities. As pointed out, we live in a different time and if the Canadians wish to retain our un-fortified border, they are going to have to accept our increased security concerns!

5 posted on 11/24/2002 9:33:21 AM PST by SES1066
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The liberals really make you bleed for the lawbreakers. The borders need to be shut down!
7 posted on 11/24/2002 9:44:53 AM PST by TheLion
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"I found it very difficult because I didn't do anything wrong," Jalbert said through an interpreter...
He's collecting unemployment benefits now that his seasonal work is over, and his wife is on pregnancy leave from a local sawmill.

Furriners. What can I say?

Pookie & ME

8 posted on 11/24/2002 9:44:54 AM PST by Pookie Me
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"TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!! GET USED TO IT!"

Official US customs policy was that Canadians did not need to check in if they were simply buying gas and turning around. Was then-director Emery Ingalls wrong in instituting the policy? Was it beyond his authority? If that twelve-year-old policy had been scrapped, why not at least inform the owner of the gas station so he could tell his customers? It's always better when LEOs enforce the law to the letter, but the question is, which is law? Does a letter from a director of a goverment department constitute policy? Should the townspeople have discussed the issue with the new director once Ingalls was gone?

Also, why was the border station moved so far away from the border (in the 70s) in the first place? Why isn't it staffed 24 hours a day, or at least for as many hours as the gas station is open?

And most importantly: With the new no-tolerance policy: Why haven't they moved the border station back to the border? Why aren't Americans angry than an inspection station would be a full 1000 feet away from the border? I'm not familliar with that area, but 1000 feet to me seems like a lot of space to walk off the road and into the bush, bypassing customs entirely.

9 posted on 11/24/2002 9:55:12 AM PST by badfreeper
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To: fight_truth_decay
Dang Canadian evildoers:)
14 posted on 11/24/2002 10:16:37 AM PST by isthisnickcool
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"fight_truth_decay"

Lets see, for 30 years that I know of, Canadians could come and go from that gas station WITHOUT checking in, AS PER A LETTER FROM U.S. CUSTOMS.

Second, having delt with Border patrol agents Chris Cantrell and Pedro Hernandez, I can only say they make a perfect pair of complete a$$holes, that should be sent back to Texas where they came from!

IN FACT MR. JALBERT HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG!

15 posted on 11/24/2002 10:22:27 AM PST by spartan68
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Maybe the Customs agent thought Mr. Jalbert was acting like a....ehem, a moron or something.
19 posted on 11/24/2002 12:15:38 PM PST by FlyVet
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Unauthorized individuals making exceptions to US law (in this case immigration law) is the very essence of modern Liberalism. Precisely because we are government which espouses "equality under the law", we should never be in the position of exempting certain groups perceived as "harmless" or (in the case of Mexican illegals) "relatively harmless" from established immigration provisions.
25 posted on 11/24/2002 12:44:53 PM PST by pawdoggie
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