More than 100,000 fans are expected to attend the NHL’s Winter Classic game on Jan. 1 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants to be one of them. However, he could find himself having a problem when he tries to cross the border.
Ford has admitted to smoking crack cocaine and the Toronto Star reports that under U.S. law, the mere admission of illegal drug use is grounds for a Canadian to be turned away at a crossing. The absence of criminal charges, let alone a conviction, doesn’t matter.
U.S. officials wouldn’t discuss Ford’s case specifically, citing privacy laws, but did talk hypothetically about a Canadian citizen trying to enter America after admitting to smoking crack cocaine.
Customs and Border Protection public affairs officer Mike Milne quoted from the controlled substances section of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, which says someone is “inadmissible” to the U.S. if he has either been “convicted of” or “admits having committed” a violation of drug laws in the U.S. or elsewhere, the newspaper reported.
The New York Daily News notes that Mayor Ford has admitted to smoking crack, being so drunk he doesn't remember things, and has been captured on video in alcohol-fueled rages. However, his popularity rating was polled last week at 42 percent, shortly after he was stripped of most of his powers by the Toronto City Council.
He’s also previously had an issue at a hockey game in Toronto in the past. He was tossed out of a Maple Leafs home game in 2006 for being drunk and disorderly. At the time he was a city council member and was escorted from the arena after reportedly berating and screaming at spectators from out of town.