Regan Sarmatiuk, who was editor of the Manitoban in 2005-06 and is a permanent fixture on my resume, was denied entry into the United States on Sunday because she was heading to Minnesota to volunteer for Barack Obama. The Winnipeg Free Press picked up the story:
On Sunday, Sarmatiuk, 28, was on her way to Thief River Falls to help get out the vote. Instead of witnessing history, the Winnipegger was sent back home.”It was upsetting,” she said. “I felt like I was being accused of something. I don’t have a criminal record. There’s no reason not to let me in. I felt very unwelcome.” At the Highway 59 border crossing at Lancaster, Minn., the U.S. border officer was stumped when she told him she was going down the road to volunteer on election day.