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Canadian Church Volunteers Turned Away at US Border Over Fears They Would 'Steal' Jobs

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Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 11:47 AM

Twelve Canadian church volunteers headed to New Jersey to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy were denied entry at the U.S. border after reportedly being told their work could take away American jobs.

"We tried to tell them we are volunteers. We are not taking American jobs and we are just trying to help out people in New Jersey," Erik Hoeksema, outreach director of the Rehoboth United Reformed Church in Hamilton, Ontario, told The Bergen Record newspaper.

Volunteers from the church had made previous trips to Kentucky and Pennsylvania without problems, he added.

The group was turned away Saturday after it was told it didn't have the proper paperwork and one official reportedly said its volunteers' labor could deny Americans work.

The Reformed Church of Highland Park in New Jersey tried to help with two letters explained that the group was joining the 3,000 volunteers who've so far helped hundreds of families repair the hurricane-damaged properties. But border officials weren't convinced.

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Twelve Canadian church volunteers headed to New Jersey to help rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy were denied entry at the U.S. border after reportedly being told their work could take away American jobs.
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