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Doing Business in USA Seminar Scheduled for November 3 in Delta BC

gboos | September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized,US Canada Trade Relationship,US Immigration | Comments (0)

September 28, 2011


Seminar offers guidelines for USA sales, shipping and business transactions

A group of veteran Canada/USA and international trade professionals will provide practical guidelines to British Columbia entrepreneurs and professionals at an upcoming seminar entitled, Doing Business in the USA. This one-day seminar is designed to give Canadian manufacturers, importers, distributors, agents and other business professionals the tools they need to easily expand their business interests across the border. Key topics include:

1. Dealing with “border issues”, such as U.S. travel and immigration planning, U.S. Customs clearance, business planning, taxation, currency exchange, and legal considerations.

2. Understanding “logistics issues”, such as establishing a USA business identity, warehousing,
transportation, fulfillment, and handling of returned goods.

3. Introduction to “importing” lower-cost goods into the USA that have been “outsourced” or purchased in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

4. “Sales/marketing strategies”, including market overview, sales/marketing fundamentals, lessons and pitfalls.

5. “Money, Money, Money!”, a lively open forum (with guest “experts”) to discuss various related topics of interest to the audience.

6. “Resource introductions”, including the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, which provides federal government programs and services at home and abroad.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar has welcomed over 4,000 attendees at various locations in BC since 1997. The main motivation for attendance by BC entrepreneurs hasn’t changed, namely the extra profit opportunity offered by a huge and affluent market of over 300 million buyers that is very receptive to foreign goods.

According to seminar organizer, Jim Pettinger, “Now is a great time for a Canadian company to invest in expansion to the USA. The strong Loonie will buy 20 to 50 percent more marketing services than it has in years (e.g., tradeshows, travel, hotel rooms, advertising).

The Doing Business in the USA seminar is targeted at three groups: (1) new exporters to the USA who need to know the basics, (2) new or inexperienced staff members of current exporters to the USA, and (3) professionals who advise the previous two. Plenty of time during the day is available for one-on-one and “round-table” meetings with the various resource people in attendance.

The Doing Business in the USA seminar will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Delta Town and Country Inn, 6005 Highway 17 (at Highway 99), Delta, BC, BC from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Cost for the seminar is $195 pre-registered or $225 at the door ($145 each for 2 or more, and $25 further discount for registration before October 28). Also available is a special “after lunch only” rate of $75. For more information contact Carol Jackson at 1-800-799-8848 or visit

Greg Boos will be speaking at the event.

Greg Boos blogs from his office in Bellingham WA and his home in Vancouver BC. Please contact Greg the following address should you desire assistance on a US immigration matter:

Greg Boos, Attorney at Law
Cascadia Cross-Border Law
1305 11th Street, Suite 301
Bellingham WA 98225

At Cascadia Cross-Border Law, we create transparent borders!

Security at its worst: U.S. citizens deported from their own country

gboos | September 15, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

U.S. citizens are being deported from the United States. Does this sound counterintuitive? It should. That’s because it is illegal for the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) agency to detain or deport a U.S. citizen for an alleged immigration violation. Unfortunately, neither lack of jurisdiction nor illegality has prevented the deportation of U.S. citizens.

According to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, more than 392,000 illegal immigrants were deported from the United States in the fiscal year 2010. Unfortunately, the U.S. government does not keep track of wrongful deportations, thus it is impossible to know exactly how more in addition to the 392,000 were wrongly deported.

Despite its unwillingness to record wrongful deportations, reports have surfaced to indicate that wrongful deportations are a growing and harmful practice within the United States’ immigration bureaucracy.

In 2007, for example, Pedro Guzman, a mentally challenged U.S. citizen was deported to Tijuana, Mexico. Guzman was picked up near his home in Lancaster, California by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing. According to police reports, Guzman tried repeatedly to board a private jet. Despite Mr. Guzman’s diminished capacity, the Sheriff’s department handed him over to ICE who subsequently ordered his deportation. While in Mexico, Guzman survived on discarded food and river water. He was found three months later trying to cross the border in Calexico, MX, 100 miles from his drop-off location. The incident has left him severely traumatized.

In 2009 the U.S. government admitted that it wrongly deported a North Carolina native, despite FBI records and other evidence showing that the man was a United States citizen.
Eduardo Caraballo, a U.S. citizen born in the United States, was detained for over three days on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.
Luis Alberto Delgado was detained and questioned in 2010 for over eight hours before his deportation to Matamoros, Mexico. Delgado was carrying his American birth certificate, Social Security card and Texas ID at the time he was detained. He was readmitted three months after his deportation.

It should be noted that wrongful deportations are relatively few compared to the number of “illegal” immigrants who are expelled from the U.S. each year. However, the trend is alarming because it is indicative of an overwhelmed and increasingly militarized immigration system in the U.S.

Until a designated agency begins tracking wrongful deportations, such grievances will likely be treated with minimal attention. And as State immigration laws grow increasingly hostile, the threat of more “accidental” deportations is increasingly real.