reply to post by Wrabbit2000
As a trucker, you'll appreciate this story.
I ran from the western lower 48 to Alaska for a couple of years. To cross into Alaska on the Al-Can hwy, you cross at Beaver Creek, Yukon, which is
twenty miles from the actual border, and enter the U.S. at "Al-Can".
There is twenty miles between the U.S. customs and the Canadian Customs. That's twenty miles of an almost no-man's land-the Canadians having decided
to build the customs at the closest town which is Beaver Creek and the U.S. built theirs right on the actual border.
On a trip west/south, I spot a woman sitting in the cold at a pull-off in that "no-man's land". No car, just a bundle of some sort. It was fairly
cold, so when I got to the Canadian Customs, I reported this situation to the Canadian Customs people. They informed the R.C.M.P. who patrol and
service that no-man's land, and responded to my report. I continued heading south, having done my duty.
On the next trip north, I stopped at Beaver Creek to ask them about this lady and between them and the U.S. Custom people, I got the full story.
This lady had a mental history, lived in Alaska and HATED Alaska. She was attempting to get to the lower 48...for YEARS.
She, as a mental patient, was on the "no-fly" list. Ships are part of the "no-fly list" restrictions. She had no money, no car.
She'd get truckers and tourists to take her across the U.S. crossing which doesn't check south-bound traffic and get them to drop her off in the 20
mile no-man zone. At that point she'd either convince some good Samaritan who would stop to help her to take her closer to Beaver Creek and either
get caught there or sneak across and try to get a ride south.
As a mental patient, the Canadians would boot her back to the U.S. Customs people who would then transport her back to Fairbanks where she lived.
This would repeat itself multiple times and finally the Canadian border people got tired of it and threatened to delivery her to the southern border
and be done with it.
That was about 5 years back and I haven't heard anything more about her as I run local Washington and B.C. loads these days.
The point is there's many barriers to crossing both ways, by both countries. No only criminal records, but if you have certain security clearances
where the Canadian's can't access you records/have gaps, they'll boot you back to the U.S. in a heartbeat.
Yet, other security clearances will get you V.I.P. status on both sides with salutes and yessirs and smiles...go figure.
The short of it is this "mental" aspect is not restricted data as it's under the medical data, from my understanding,
hence, not restricted between the two countries.