Signs of the times, cont’d.

This is a forward from a listserv (CPT stands for Christian Peacemaker Teams). I don’t know anything about the group, and the message is too recent to have been archived on their site. So, with those caveats:

March 14, 2003
TORONTO/CHICAGO: Canadian CPTer denied entry to USA, questioned by FBI

Matthew Bailey-Dick, 30, from Waterloo ON, was denied entry into the USA early on March 7, 2003, after U.S. immigration officials at Port Huron MI found literature from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in the trunk of his rental car. The immigration officers claimed that the CPT newsletters, printed in Chicago IL, were “anti-American.” They also raised concerns about a sticker on Bailey-Dick’s guitar case that read, “Question authority.”

Bailey-Dick is currently studying at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Goshen, IN. He had been in Waterloo, ON, speaking at the church he had pastored for the previous two years — Waterloo Kitchener United Mennonite Church — about his participation in the recent CPT delegation to Iraq.

Bailey-Dick was carrying a J-1 student visa, valid until the end of August
2003. U.S. immigration officers confiscated the visa, insisting that he needed a new type of visa document. They then finger-printed and photographed him. Later that day, an immigration supervisor told Bailey-Dick that his student visa was valid, but that he was still denied entry into the USA. The supervisor said that Bailey-Dick needed to go to Detroit for an interview with an even higher-echelon U.S. immigration official.

When he arrived at the Detroit border crossing on March 8, Bailey-Dick was questioned for an hour by FBI agent Tom Morisi and immigration officer John Owen about the work of Christian Peacemaker Teams and the CPT delegation to
Iraq. They then informed him that his student visa would be reissued.

At the end of the questioning, Owen cautioned Bailey-Dick, “Don’t bring any of that literature across the border any more. It’s one thing for an American citizen to distribute such literature. It’s quite a different thing for a foreign national to come into the USA and promote such ideas.”

Our newest menace: subversive Canadians sneaking across the border to promote their dangerous ideas. Add ’em to the list.