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The U.S. has gone batshit crazy: Hamilton church volunteers denied entry to U.S. so they wouldn’t ‘steal American jobs’

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So those are the jobs Trump is bringing back: volunteer work! (But isn’t that what they have now?)

Mahoor Yawar reports for CBC News:

A group of church volunteers from Hamilton heading south to do relief work were denied entry to the U.S. for fear they would take American construction jobs, said a spokesperson for the church.

The 12-person contingent from Hamilton’s Rehoboth United Reformed Church was travelling by road on the morning of Saturday, March 11, to New Jersey.

Erik Hoeksema, the church’s outreach director who was travelling with the group, said they intended to spend March break cleaning up and rehabilitating neighbourhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. border law says Canadians do not require a visa to enter the country for volunteer work, as long as they can provide proof that their work will not be compensated.

Hoeksema says the group was told they had failed to have a letter sent from the host church “paroling” them into the country.

“So what ends up happening is the organization that you’re going to work with sends a letter to border patrol saying this is what they’re going to be doing. What our group did not do, is we did not send that ahead of time,” he admitted.

Hoeksema said the border patrol officer, who treated them cordially, told the group he would grant an exception and let them through if the host church managed to fax or email a letter right away.

‘Stealing American construction jobs’

Hoeksema says he contacted Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, the pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park in central New Jersey, which would be hosting the group, so he could fax a letter to border patrol explaining their intended purpose. . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

17 March 2017 at 2:24 pm

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