A few weeks after the reopening of the border between Canada and the United States to reunite families, some spouses say they are surprised to see each other again refuse. This is what happened to Paulette Yanett. She and Jean-Guy Faubert have been living together for a decade, spending summers at the home of Faubert in the eastern Ontario and winters in Florida, using a motorhome to move.
Yanett says that she has never had problems to cross the border, although she is an american citizen, thanks to his relationship with Faubert.
“It is as if we were a married couple, but we’re not married “, she said on Monday at CTVNews.ca.
She knew that this time would be different. She had prepared herself for this, in fact, bringing together an assortment of documents showing that he and Faubert had all of the goods and vehicles, including a notarized document stating that their relationship had lasted for 10 years.
What she did not expect, was to be refused and returned to the United States, said that it had not provided enough evidence of their relationship – and that she had not said this that would have been enough.
“They said:” You do not have enough data to prove that you are in union free “, ” said Yanett by phone from Virginia, while she performed the journey of nearly 2,500 miles to Florida.
“I was so disappointed. I was in tears. I cried all the way back to the hotel. ”
Yanett and Faubert are separated from the end of April, when Faubert drove their RV in Canada. She had planned to cross the border and find him, and then return to Florida later in the summer, leaving his dog behind to give the company to Faubert.
The couple had called the border crossing they plan to use – the one that connects Ogdensburg, N. Y., Johnstown, Ont. – and thought of this conversation that the documents that they had allowed to Yanett through.
But this has not proven to be the case. Yanett said that she had been directed to a separate area to review the documents and that he was then asked about his relationship and his tax status. She said that he was told that it was not the first person in a de facto union to be denied entry to this post since the reopening of the border for family groupings at the beginning of the month.
“They said: ‘You are not the only ones to have been turned back [who are] common law. We have repressed a lot, ” she said.
Ogdensburg, ny is not the only border crossing where this occurs. Lorelei Storm told CTV News Calgary last week that she had not been able to see his partner, who lives in Louisiana, since the beginning of the pandemic, because none of its documents is considered proof of a de facto union.
The definition provided by the canadian government of a union of fact is one in which two people, without distinction of sex, are living together in a conjugal relationship for at least a year.” Having been together for 10 years, Yanett and Faubert easily met this requirement.
A spokesman for the border services Agency of Canada told CTVNews.ca in an email that the “documentation suggested” to show the status in a union may include print or electronic copies of certificates of status in the union a free or forms which indicate “a residential address in common”.
However, she said, it is ultimately the agent of the borders to deal with the person who tries to cross in order to determine whether they should be allowed to pass, regardless of the documents provided.
“The final decision is made by an officer of the border services Agency of Canada, on the basis of the information they had available at the time of treatment,” said the spokesperson.
Yanett said she would return to the north as soon as she would be sure that she would be allowed to enter Canada. She said she wants the government to specify more clearly what the people in a common need to cross the border, thus preventing more denial that she and others have known.
“They are not specific on what the requirements [there are], ” she said.
“It is discouraging that the Prime minister can say that he wants to unite the families of the United States and Canada, but I do not believe this to happen at all. “