Refused entry at U.S. border

PRESS RELEASE December 3, 2009

Artist Detained and Refused Entry to U.S. on trip to volunteer as MC of a Benefit Concert

Ontario writer Ken Cowle was recently turned back at the Niagara Falls border after being removed from the train and detained by U.S. border officers as they searched through his belongings, ultimately leaving Mr. Cowle on foot at the Rainbow Bridge. The contention was that Mr. Cowle could provide no proof that he was not going to be paid by anyone while in the U.S. Well damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Ken never considered that a trip to spend time with associates gathering to party and raise money for kids would be construed as a threat to the security or financial welfare of Americans.

Mr. Cowle had volunteered to be the MC of a benefit in Philadelphia, at the invitation of the organizers. The ‘Dreams on Wings Benefit show’ was created to raise funds for the Hemispherectomy Foundation. This is a charity organization dedicated to children and their families who have been impacted by a hemispherectomy brain surgery. This organization is operated strictly by volunteers. One of the participating hospitals is The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.

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