Mexican consular officials in Vancouver claim their citizens are being singled out for unusually tough screening and treatment when they arrive in Canada.Quote has been trimmed
The Mexican Embassy in Ottawa is preparing to send a diplomatic note to the Canadian Border Services Agency, after 80 Mexicans who flew into Vancouver Friday were detained over the weekend, and then sent home Monday. Juan José Salgado, deputy consul general for the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver, said a diplomatic note is just one step below a diplomatic protest.
After repeated requests for a comment on the detainment from the Canadian Border Services Agency, spokesperson Faith St. John said the only person who could speak on the issue was Stockwell Day, the Minister of Public Safety.
In an e-mail, Mélisa Leclerc, a spokesperson for Day, wrote, "for reasons of individual privacy, I cannot discuss publicly individual cases, however I can tell you that all 80 arrived at [Vancouver International Airport] Friday morning and they were refused admission to Canada and were detained over the weekend until we could make arrangements for them to be returned to Mexico on the next flight."
No other information was provided by Canadian government officials.