US customs should turn away Ford: Lawyer

Immigration lawyer tells Jerry Agar letting in admitted drug user could set precedent

Rob Ford is a late night punch line, part of a Jeopardy question, and might end up setting a precedent for US Customs and Immigration, at least in the view of one immigration lawyer.

Immigration lawyer Joel Guberman told Jerry Agar on Newstalk 1010 Friday that letting the Mayor of Toronto into the United States might create a problem.

Even if you are not convicted of a drug offense, admitting to illegal drug use is enough for a border agent to deny entry to the US.

Because Ford's crack admission (and to a lesser extent the revelation that he has smoked "a lot of" weed) made headlines around the world, it is widely known that Ford has used illegal drugs. His admission could cause him to be turned away at the border if he tries to cross it.

The Ford family owns property in the US and Ford has taken business trips to Chicago and Austin during his mayoralty.

Guberman says unless US officials want to set a precedent, they should turn Ford away if he attempts to enter the US.

"Because if they don't, than my little clients who want to cross and have had possession of weed 25 years ago are going to (ask) 'why does Ford get better treatment than me?'"

Some border agents have asked about drug use and Guberman believes Ford's very public admission is enough to keep him on this side of the border.

"Mr. Ford is on the front page of every paper in North America admitting that he smoked crack cocaine," Guberman told Jerry Agar on Newstalk 1010 Friday morning.

"Seems like a pretty strong admission to me. If you stand up on a platform and say, 'listen I did this,' US immigration is going to say, 'you did this.'"

The issue first came up before the New Year when Ford expressed interest in attending the NHL Winter Classic in Michigan. Ford instead hosted his annual New Year's Levee.

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  1. donny p. posted on 01/24/2014 02:22 PM
    Let's hope our American friends have the balls to keep this Canadian White Trash out of their country...thank god they take their laws seriously.

    Looks like Robby won't be visiting the family Florida condo any time soon.
    1. don was right posted on 02/05/2014 03:01 PM
      @donny p. a bit racist dont you think?
  2. Frankie posted on 01/24/2014 02:25 PM
    Obama admitted to smoking weed and I believe doing cocaine as well. Maybe next time he leaves the US they shouldn't let him back in.

    Haven't noticed any talk show hosts mimicking Obama doing either of those drugs.
    1. donny p. posted on 01/24/2014 02:30 PM
      @Frankie Very different when it's your own citizen...unfortunately Canada would have to let Robby the scumbag back in if he ever gets out. case you haven't noticed, Obama hasn't been ranting in drunken stupors and admitting to smoking crack...look what they did to Marion Barry if you want a good comparison. Canada has stopped laughing at Robby, not a good thing.
    2. Big Daddy posted on 01/24/2014 03:48 PM
      @Frankie Try and come up with a relevant comparison Frankie. Obama's admission was 20+ years ago, not while he held office.
  3. dama posted on 01/24/2014 02:37 PM
    Hmm I wonder if the US will depot Justin Bieber ? his crime is larger than Rob Ford.. and I wonder what this immigration lawyer is talking about
    - 15 minutes of fame??

    Rolling Stone Keith Richard, Mick Jagge convicted of doing cocaine
    and yet they are allow to stay in USA..

    Hello !!!!!
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/24/2014 02:59 PM
      @dama Donny P. is a bitter old crow. Desperate to hang on to any news condemns Rob Ford of anything. Since he cannot comprehend the fact of Rob Ford's ever-rising popularity.
      Ford already had smoked weed while in the States before he became mayor. And he's been back and forth between the U.S. and Canada multiple times. So you mean to tell me, that the U.S. authorities already knew about the weed use while he was in the States, he's already visited a number of times, but now they will deny him because he made a public admission, but the police can't charge him? Except for Donny P. (and Mr. Reality, who I know will be here any moment), does that string of logic make sense to anybody?
      Justin Trudeau also admitted to weed in the media- and is trying to decriminalize it. Kathleen Wynne has also admitted to weed use as well. Are you hoping that the U.S. bar them too, Mr. Joel G.?
      Didn't think so.....therefore immigration lawyer Joel G. should really keep a low (very low) profile- before he hurts himself, and his reputation.
  4. kenfromcanada posted on 01/24/2014 05:58 PM
    donny p. posted on 01/19/2014 01:38 PM
    @Frankie It's you that's up on your history. Israel is a pure NAZI state, exceeding NAZI learned it's lessons well, like the Taoists say "you eventually become what you hate".

    He's right about Harper as well...Canadians know that Harper is only going here Bush has already been. Israel is nothing but a racist would open concentration camps for the Arabs...oh wait, they call them Gaza and The West Bank down there.

    1. contiki posted on 01/24/2014 06:24 PM
      @kenfromcanada Am I missing something? What the heck does this have to do with the topic of the news item?
    2. donny p. posted on 01/24/2014 08:10 PM
      @kenfromcanada All Jews hate the country thatIsrael has become, sadly, we can`t speak aboutit in public. Being Jewish is a race and a religion and we`d be ostracized if we let people know how we really felt. Thos that have spoken out have seen their lives destroyed.
  5. john posted on 01/25/2014 11:12 AM
    he admitted he did . not charged so i dont see a reason why he would be turned back as long as he dont call the president a asshole . he should be okey . just dont do what justin beaver did . that was stupid .
    1. donny p. posted on 01/26/2014 08:05 AM
      @john Bieber should be OK, but if he gets convicted of felony vandalism for the throwing those eggs in California, the Americans won't renew his work visa. He won't be able to make more millions or live in his house down there. Robby is a convicted American felon who admits to drug use and creating his own crime wave...Americans don't support that kind of activity and will prevent him from crossing their border.
    2. tanjo posted on 01/27/2014 09:50 AM
      @john I don't know. With the previous convictions, denials followed by admissions of drug use, and the strategically sound decision of going on U.S. radio to advocate the legalization of pot, I think he could have a problem.

      The Beiber / Jagger / Richards comparison is not really relevant. They all generate a lot more money for American promoters, venues, merchandisers, etc. than Rob Ford does.

      Either way, I am pretty sure you can get Immigration clearance (or denial) ahead of time through a lawyer. It is highly unlikely we will see him get detained at the border unless he does something really stupid.
  6. DW posted on 01/26/2014 10:27 AM
    Notice Mayor McBoob has not been out of the country since his world tour to that world capital of Austin, Texas. Councillor Doug however managed to give Toronto a break a blow the city for six days last month.

    Maybe our Man in Etobicoke is afraid of being embarrassed by American Homeland Security at Pearson. Maybe someone can stuff in a trunk of a car and run him across at Sarnia.
  7. don was right posted on 02/05/2014 03:04 PM
    Under that style of thinking, tehy wont allow Justin Trudeau in either. Nor will they allow Wynne into Russia.
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