I just read on this forum that a Candian Boater was arrested near Sandusky Ohio
this past summer. The fact of the matter is that this individual was and still is INADMISSIBLE to the US for a number of reasons to include his criminal record
. He was told that he would need a criminal waiver for any future trips to the US. I know for a fact that this person was told approximatley 10 days prior to the incident not to return until he obtained the waiver, and disregarded that little bit of advice. Funny
how that never made it into any of the news stories.
As for his drinking and boating
, he could have gone to the local airport
and bought a ticket to return to Canada
. How did he get so drunk that he could not pilot his vessel back to where he came from in such a short period of time? Was he drinking and boating
prior to his arrival? How long did he wait before he decided to check in with US Customs
and Border Protection authorities? The law states that upon arrival all persons seeking admission to the US must report their arrival to the nearest immigration officer and also report their arrival to the nearest customs
house, failure to do so is punishable by a civil pentalty of $5000 on the first offense and $10,000 on any subsequent offense, not to mention potential criminal penalties. Immigration law and customs law have no provisions regarding being too drunk to opearte a boat, car, airplane, etc. The maritime agreements or laws or provisions do not apply to this case. Sorry but that is fact. He is inadmissible to the US, he has to leave. End of story.