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.