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Living on the U.S.-Canadian border comes with a twist: There’s plenty of arguing, but usually not with the people on the other side. Take Rep. Brian Higgins, the South Buffalo Democrat whose district includes three of Western New York’s four international passenger bridges. He saw the Trump administration shift dozens of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel from…

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AKWESASNE — This isn’t an easy tour to give. The geography makes it tricky, because in the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, you could be in the United States or Canada – or more specifically, New York or Ontario or Quebec – and then without warning, be somewhere else. “It’s called Borderline Road for a reason, and I’m going to tell you why, and it’s going to be weird,” said …

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If you live in Western New York, you probably see Canada on the regular. Maybe even every day. The border is a backdrop to our lives, but there’s a lot we don’t know about it. That’s why we launched our series, “The Other Border,” which began in November and wraps up later this month. Our work on the series took Buffalo News Chief Photographer Derek Gee and me across th…

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ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – She was shuddering, crying and thinking about her baby boy as we sat in safety inside an office in a Southern Ontario refugee home. She was thinking about one year ago, when she clutched him tight as she fled from America into the hands of Canadian police officers. They arrested her, but they helped her, too. She told the officers and Canadian imm…

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CHAMPLAIN – The minivan turned onto a short country road, chugging past a farm, a group of horses in a field, a few trailer homes, and a house decorated with an array of windmills and flags. The vehicle was decorated with white-block letters that made it clear where the driver would take the occupants: “BORDERLINE TAXI” on the door, “REFUGEE BORDER” on the window. The d…

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Some things are predictable at border crossings. Traffic, for one, especially in summer, before and after hockey and football games, and on holiday weekends. Questions, for another. Customs officers will inquire about your citizenship, who’s with you, where you’re going and anything else they care to ask. And there will be a decision: Either you can proceed into the cou…

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It’s 4:30 a.m. on the Buffalo side of the Peace Bridge plaza. A burly officer with thick, tattooed arms stands in front of a tall crate of Canada Post mail that just crossed the border from Ontario. He’s going to spend the next three hours of his shift in this commercial warehouse inspection dock sifting through mail, melding his instinct, intuition and “intel,” or officer…