7 returned to Canada after using the library lawn to enter the United States

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DERBY LINE, Vermont (AP) – Seven people apprehended after entering Vermont illegally from Quebec across the lawn of a library built in the United States and Canada were immediately returned to Canada, the border patrol said Thursday. American.

DERBY LINE, Vermont (AP) – Seven people apprehended after entering Vermont illegally from Quebec across the lawn of a library built in the United States and Canada were immediately returned to Canada, the border patrol said Thursday. American.

Surveillance videos released by the Border Patrol show the car being driven by the Free Library and the Haskell Opera House on July 4, nearly hitting a car as it turns on a street in the Vermont community.

Officers apprehended the vehicle shortly after as it was heading south on Interstate 91. The occupants were from Canada, France and Romania.

They were returned to Canada under special public health rules designed to minimize the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Haskell Free Library was deliberately built straddling the border in the early 20th century so that people from both countries could use it. Entrance is in Vermont and before the library was temporarily closed by the pandemic, Canadians were allowed to enter the United States to visit the library without having to go to a customs checkpoint.

Since the border between the two countries was closed by the pandemic to routine border crossers, the area in front of the library has been used by people from both countries who met there friends and families, chatting across the country. the border.

In the border patrol video, there appears to be a group organizing one of these meetings on the other side of the library from where the illegal passage took place.

The video was recorded by cameras located on power poles near the library.

The Associated Press


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