1) it is not unusual to be questioned about recent travel stamps
No. Not at all.
2) He obviously did not have a visa. The destinations he mentioned likely required him "IN ADVANCE" especially China to have a visa. So he traveled to Canada possibly with a visa and just thought he could go across the border just like in the EU as a EU citizen.
That's not describing what is the fact in the story. This person would have been eligible, at least with the facts presented, to enter the US through the Visa Waiver Program as he is a citizen of the Netherlands. Simply put, he could've expected, even though he's coming through Canada, that he enter the US using the VWP forms.
3) the story "coming from a write" sounds very suspicious.
Did it not occur to him he may have some "trouble" having a recent stamp to YEMEN. Then try to enter the US via train without a visa? I doubt he made such a mistake without some purpose.
Actually his story said, that there was a German citizen who went through the same process and was allowed to enter. For someone who's so sure of how the story went, you're kinda not reading some of the details.
Why I find his story suspicious is that Travel to Yemen is a very dangerous prospect. So dangerous because of the unrest and Al-queda ties that for the last 2-3 years many Western Governments advise against travel to Yemen.
Not denying the unrest in Yemen, but, at the same time, it's not unusual for tourists to visit places even during times of unrest and to quickly get out when things change.
See if the guy had a legitmate visa ahead of time he could have had his consulate in Montreal help him but he obviously did not.
In sum, it's not unusual to be denied a visa. It happens a few times a day at each border crossing, I'm sure. The US could do better at how it treats the people it will deny entry to and that's the point of this posting.
Were you to try to enter a country like Mexico, Brazil, or a frenemy country and got the same treatment, I'm sure you would be as upset as this guy.[/quote]
You ignore the clear fact that he visited a country that harbors terrorism and several other Islamic nations.
I doubt if he "flew" in directly to the US and did not enter by train this would have happened to him.
Patterns of travel are used in profiling individuals and I am glad they are doing this.
Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi , Sri Lanka all are unusual for a person of his demographic.
He seems to be an intelligent author but if he did not have any idea that he would have some "trouble" getting in through train from Canada to the US well lets say thats a bit disingenuous .
Its a nice piece of creative writing, but without the context.
How many people like Niels are there?
Travel to the USA from Canada is up. Travel to the USA from Europe is up.The USA receives over 62 million foreign visits every year and all international travel to the USA is up.
If even 1% of those 62 million people had the experience of he had dont you think it would hurt that travel.
I am almost certain if he applied for a visa to Israel he would be denied. Why because of the pattern of his travel. He has some sort of odd bad luck to want to travel to countries with known islamic terrorist cells.
Then try to enter the US through a perceived backdoor.
Last HuffPost blog highlight has a knack for reposting blogs with a negative US slant. These bloggs are usually rants about how "bad" the United Stats is , its people are and its attitudes.
One recent HOAX from the HUffpost blog is the mom who claimed that her son was "assaulted" in Walmart for wearing pink.
Katie Vyktoria retracted the blogpost after a week long rant.