Ted Woo, public affairs officer for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Boston, confirmed Tuesday that there was “a temporary enforcement action in effect but it is now over” at the Calais-St.
Stephen, New Brunswick, crossing.
denied that it was aimed at First Nations members but did say the action specifically targeted blueberry rakers coming into the U.S.
“We do these a lot, not just at land borders, but at seaports and airports as well,” he
“We were looking primarily for those looking for illegal employment and assuring everyone had proper documentation.”
said Thursday that the status cards used by First Nations people “were not an issue” in the enforcement action at the border.
“The action focused only on one particular part of an industry.
The cards played no role at all.”
said it is Customs and Border Protection’s policy not to discuss individual operations and declined to say how many vehicles were stopped, where other similar operations have taken place, what prompted the Calais-St.
Stephen operation, or whether anyone was turned back or arrested.
stressed that similar operations take place “all over the country for various reasons.” He
said many of them are targeted at a certain group of people, such as rakers and harvesters.
“We do not look at anyone’s ethnic or racial background,” he