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Detained for 3 Weeks for Overstaying 11 Hours?

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So I happened to come across this article on Facebook and gave it a read.

Huffington Post has now apparently resorted to being another click-bait website, because after reading through it I've determined that the article is pretty much 100% wrong

Who wants to read through it with me and find all the inaccuracies and piece together what really, actually happened?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/15/immigration-detention_n_7074032.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

WASHINGTON -- Sarah Jane McCrohan, a 24-year-old Australian, says she stayed in the U.S. for about 11 hours longer than she was supposed to, and it's landed her in detention for three weeks.
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November 14th, 2013: She's here!

December 12th, 2013: Picked up marriage license.

December 14th, 2013: Wedding

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Huffpo is not really a news site.

Her reason for going to Canada makes no sense. She overstayed her US visit and was refused entry into Canada, so bounced back to US, not eligible for VWP entry so detained pending deportation.


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She was deported


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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5 year ban for being deported I think.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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The point of going to the Australian embassy was for McCrohan to speak to someone there about legal avenues for her to return...

That makes no sense. There's an Australian Consulate right there in NY that she could have gone to. Why travel to Ottawa? If the Consulate ain't good enough and she needed to go to the embassy, the one in Washington would still be closer than the one in Ottawa. There's certainly more to the story than what is reported.

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That makes no sense. There's an Australian Consulate right there in NY that she could have gone to. Why travel to Ottawa? If the Consulate ain't good enough and she needed to go to the embassy, the one in Washington would still be closer than the one in Ottawa. There's certainly more to the story than what is reported.

DING DING DING we have a winner.

Having jumped down the rabbit hole of this story, she had been in the US since AT LEAST June 21st, 2014, leaving 275 days between then and her detention on March 23rd, 2015. Slightly more than the "11 hours" that she was claiming.

They tried to take their dirty hippy bus to Canada, and likely the Canadian border guards saw she was trying to enter from the US on an expired VWP and weren't confident she was going to follow their visitor/tourist rules so denied them entry and turned them around, and when they tried to cross back into the US was rightfully detained at that point and put into removal proceedings. Again, rightfully.

I wonder if they were trying to cross into Canada, and cross back and attempt to use VWP for another 90 days of authorized stay, not knowing that it was likely cancelled already, and that ground crossings to Canada and Mexico don't count as new periods of stay but rather count towards time allowed on the original VWP. That's pretty much #1 on the VWP's list of "Don't be an ####### by Trying This" list.

Edited by Avery Cates

November 14th, 2013: She's here!

December 12th, 2013: Picked up marriage license.

December 14th, 2013: Wedding

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