Canadian band “The Grey” banned from US for five years

Disclaimer: Some language in quotations
Got to love DHS. They banned Canadian band, “The Grey”, from entering the US for the next five years because they were playing for a “non-paying” show. What the?

We were treated as terrorists at first. When we first went, one by one, into the room with the interrogating officer they used that line about “America is at war, and Canada may not take that seriously…” and “since 9-11, we take these things seriously.” Then they realized that we were not making any money doing what we do, and that we were more naïve than anything else. Some of the other guards even told us that the whole thing was bullshit, and that it was overzealous and a waste of paperwork.

While the terrorist treatment is probably standard procedure, the fact that the banning of the band for five years is ridiculous use of power by undertrained border patrol. What are they going to do? Commit terrorism by blowing people’s eardrums out with a drum and some guitars? Really. Come on.
The worst of this is that they ban actual good people instead of spending those resources on more “supicious” people. You would think that after border guards looked up the band’s website and such, and probably had contact with the people where the show would take place, that it would have been cleared.
BoingBoing < Econoculture

  • John

    Is anyone naive enough to be surprised? Come on people, the universal rule in dealing with customs people all over the world is DON’T LIE. That has always been true. Customs guys are almost always people who hate their jobs and have absolutely no tolerance or sense of humor. If you get caught lying to them they will screw you good, whether they are American, Canadian or Mongolian.

  • John

    Is anyone naive enough to be surprised? Come on people, the universal rule in dealing with customs people all over the world is DON’T LIE. That has always been true. Customs guys are almost always people who hate their jobs and have absolutely no tolerance or sense of humor. If you get caught lying to them they will screw you good, whether they are American, Canadian or Mongolian.

  • John

    Is anyone naive enough to be surprised? Come on people, the universal rule in dealing with customs people all over the world is DON’T LIE. That has always been true. Customs guys are almost always people who hate their jobs and have absolutely no tolerance or sense of humor. If you get caught lying to them they will screw you good, whether they are American, Canadian or Mongolian.

  • Terry

    Sorry darkmoon, I can’t agree with your sentiments. They weren’t banned for playing a non-paying show – the were banned for lying about their reason for entry. Sure, the reaction of the DHS folks might have been a little melodramatic, but that does not take away from the fact that the Grey lied about why they wanted access to the US. The band members may be good people, but they did a stupid thing, and they should bear the consequences of their actions. Being granted admission to a foreign country (including the US) is a privilege and not a right – which makes lying about why you want to access said country dumb, plain and simple.

  • Terry

    Sorry darkmoon, I can’t agree with your sentiments. They weren’t banned for playing a non-paying show – the were banned for lying about their reason for entry. Sure, the reaction of the DHS folks might have been a little melodramatic, but that does not take away from the fact that the Grey lied about why they wanted access to the US. The band members may be good people, but they did a stupid thing, and they should bear the consequences of their actions. Being granted admission to a foreign country (including the US) is a privilege and not a right – which makes lying about why you want to access said country dumb, plain and simple.

  • Terry

    Sorry darkmoon, I can’t agree with your sentiments. They weren’t banned for playing a non-paying show – the were banned for lying about their reason for entry. Sure, the reaction of the DHS folks might have been a little melodramatic, but that does not take away from the fact that the Grey lied about why they wanted access to the US. The band members may be good people, but they did a stupid thing, and they should bear the consequences of their actions. Being granted admission to a foreign country (including the US) is a privilege and not a right – which makes lying about why you want to access said country dumb, plain and simple.