How Hard is it to Spot an Illegal Canadian?




U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham joked at a CNN town hall last week that he had “never met an illegal Canadian.”

Graham made the comments on Mar. 1, at a town hall with U.S. Senator John McCain. The pair had been asked about immigration to the U.S., and how they felt about families being separated by President Donald Trump’s position on immigration reform.

“Have you ever wondered why we’re not being overrun by illegal Canadians? We got two borders, one with Canada, one with Mexico. I’ve never met an illegal Canadian. They may be out there. I’ll go look for them,” Graham said, according to a CNN transcript of the event.

“People come in from poor countries to work here. Canadians come to Myrtle Beach. They enjoy themselves, they go swimming in March, and they go home. We’re glad to have them. Nobody else swims in March,” he continued.  

Author’s Note-– Myrtle Beach for the win, as that’s a sure fire way to spot a Canadian–as the ocean there would seem warm to us. Well heck it is isn’t it?

If Graham did some research he would find at least 90,000 Canadians have overstayed their visas in the USA. You would be surprised how many people meet someone online, fall in love, go visit and then just never leave. But, I think the majority of illegal Canadians are people who entered legally on a visitors visa and just never left–or they originally had a work visa but never renewed it.


Hey USA–You might know Canadians in your community and not ever realize it because we look, talk and act just like you. Don’t worry. You can spot ’em easy with those funny hats called toques and they’re also the ones saying “sorry” all the time.

Hint: If their names are Bob and Doug McKenzie, they just MIGHT be Canadian and Canadians are also the ones that put their shopping carts back in the cart corral when finished shopping.

I would point out you can also tell someone is from Canada because our well funded education system ensures by the time we get to university, we know the difference between “their”, “they’re” and “there”. Okay–well most of us!

Why would we go to the USA –as Canada is a great place to live. Let me put it this way: Canada is an “all inclusive” society and the U.S. is a “pay as you go” society. In Canada it’s like we prepaid for everything, and if you don’t need it you still pay for it– BUT the day you do need it is there.

Now with all this border scrutiny it’s easy to spot Canadians in the USA. They’re now the ones in a hurry with an anxious look on their face as they’re trying to get back to Canada. Unless you are in Florida, and don’t want to go back before it’s Spring.




Illegal French Canadian Immigration in 1929.jpg


The Canadian-born resident who came to the States prior to July 1924 had no worries. Those who arrived after that date sans proper documentation must leave the country and go through proper immigration channels or face deportation with no possibility of readmission to the USA.

The article reports that among those who were sent back to Canada to obtain proper documentation was an 18-month-old baby girl born in Montréal and adopted by a family in New Hampshire.  Read the rest here CLICK


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.


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Do You Speak Lanark County Twang?


Was it the Germans Or UFO’s that Invaded the Ottawa Valley in 1915?

What Did British Immigrants Spend When They First Came to Canada?



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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