Canada investigates run-ins between US customs, fishermen

Canada investigates run-ins between US customs, fishermen

At least 10 Canadian fishing boats from New Brunswick have been intercepted in the past two weeks off the coast of ME by U.S. Border Patrol agents looking for undocumented immigrants, The Canadian Press reported Wednesday.

In recent days, the dispute has reached a crucial stage, beginning with a Facebook post on June 25, in which a Canadian fisherman claimed that U.S. Facebook post tried to stop one of the fishermen at the location.

A spokesman for New Brunswick fishermen based on Grand Manan Island says at least 10 Canadian fishing boats have been intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents since last week while fishing in the disputed waters around Machias Seal Island.

The waters that surround the island, at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, in the Gulf of ME are also disputed.

A spokesman for Global Affairs Canada has said it is contacting USA agencies about the encounters, but that the federal government considers its sovereignty over the area to be "long-standing" and grounded in worldwide law.

A U.S. customs spokesperson said the operation, which is being conducted by the agency's Houlton, Maine, office, is part of a routine enforcement effort and such inspections have been made in the past.

U.S. Border Patrol has ramped up enforcement along Maine's maritime border with Canada, in an operation that alarmed Canadian fishermen and surprised Americans.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. embassy in Ottawa were not available for comment due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States.

"Canada's sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long-standing and has a strong foundation in global law", Babcock said.

The Grand Manan Fishermen's Association said it will work with the Canadian government to make sure it is able to keep fishing activities going in a normal fashion.

"Is this overkill? Absolutely".

Federal law gives Border Patrol the authority to stop, search and examine any vehicle entering the US including those in a maritime environment, Malin said.

Trudeau has also been critical of the White House's hardline "zero tolerance" immigration policies and the consequent result of family separations at the border, saying that it's "not the way we do things in Canada".

In a written statement, the fisherman's association said American and Canadian fishermen have jointly fished the 102-square mile area for years.

The area in question is just off Machias Seal Island.

"Neither country accepts that there is a Grey Zone", said Stephen Kelly, a research scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former American diplomat who served in Canada.

The group wrote in a separate post Machias Seal Island and the surrounding area is Canadian territory.

With America putting its focus on strengthing the borders, Canada and Machias Seal Island are now being monitored. Their counterparts in Canada mostly stayed off in the distance, setting cages during the winter around the coast of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

"That's possible, but. the Gulf of ME is not a major route for illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States", Kelly said. Tension over fishing rights in the area can get heated when the price of lobster is high, leading to threats and accusations of line-cutting and other sabotage.

The possibility of illegal immigrants entering the US from Canada via the Bay of Fundy is remote, according to a local immigration lawyer.

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