Immigration patrols near northern border

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The Canadian government is investigating reports Canadian boats have been approached and questioned by USA border patrol agents in the gulf of ME last month.

"Canada continues to investigate these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters, including through engaging with USA agencies involved in the matter", she said.

Cook said the incident took place on June 24 near Machias Seal Island, a tiny and rocky outcrop a dozen miles (20 kilometers) south of Grand Manan with rich lobster grounds, and whose sovereignty is disputed by Washington, although the Canadian Coast Guard maintains a lighthouse there.

"The U.S. Border Patrol does not board Canadian vessels in the gray zone without consent or probable cause, and agents only conduct interviews as a vessel runs parallel to it", said Stephanie Malin, a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection, which operates the border agency.

The U.S. border patrol attempted to stop Grand Manan fisherman Nick Brown in the grey zone, he wrote.

"Our understanding is that this was part of a regular exercise being conducted along the USA marine border", it said, adding that it will work with the Canadian government "to ensure that our fishermen will be able to continue their fishery in a normal manner".

The association declined to comment on the matter.

The boats were stopped while fishing near Machias Seal Island, an area where both the United States and Canada claim jurisdiction. As well, the group suggested the actions of the US agents may have been routine. "Canada relationship." Since then, Canada has fired back with tariffs of its own on US goods from steel and iron to ketchup and dish soap.

The stops have been inconvenient, but he doesn't feel harassed, Drouin added.

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But some Canadian fishermen have described the encounters as harassment. The spokesperson confirmed that the agents are enforcing "immigration laws and other violations of federal law".

The ACLU has sued Department of Homeland Security to obtain records relating to Border Patrol operations in northern New England, including bus station and highway checkpoints. "Our understanding is that this was part of a regular exercise conducted along the USA marine border", the association said.

The flare-up - amid recently heightened tensions between the United States and Canadian government over trade - revolves around the last, unresolved land-border dispute between the two longtime North American allies.

Visitors head to Machias Seal Island on in June 2016.

"Absolutely overkill", he said of the "disturbing" stops.

"Until the matter of the boundary is resolved, we will continue to take practical steps with the United States to ensure that the area is well managed", Babcock said.

Cook said that he heard from boat captains that the Border Patrol had searched at least two Canadian vessels in June. In 2007, according to the National Post, an American fisherman had his thumb torn off when his equipment became tangled during a dispute with a Canadian competitor. So far, 21 Canadian vessels have been interviewed by local agents in the 2018 fiscal year, she said, with zero immigration arrests made.

"I don't think you can draw a line between some of the concerns Americans have expressed for other border crossings with a fishing zone that has existed in the Bay of Fundy that has existed positively and collaboratively for a long time", he said.

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