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A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police holds Scott Wheeler's identification while he asks another officer to collect the passports of Wheeler's passengers. Wheeler was pulled over for unintentional driving into Canada from Canusa Avenue, which is around the US and Canadian border.

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A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police holds Scott Wheeler's identification while asking another officer to collect the passports of Wheeler's passengers. Wheeler was pulled over for accidental driving to Canada from Canusa Avenue, which is around the US and Canadian border.

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Scott Wheeler was born and raised in what is known as the Northeastern Empire, the rugged and beautiful landscape in which Vermont abuts Canada. Still, he was unaware that he should check in with Canadian immigration authorities when he crossed the border recently.

Two polite, official Mounties ask him to take a U-turn and follow them back to the port of entry where he is questioned about his intentions in Quebec. He explains his mistake and eventually returns Mountie's identification and he is free to go.

"There's pretty much life on the border; it's changing," says Wheeler, who has voiced his opinion.

Road signs show the many ways to get to Canada from the center of Derby Line, Vt. The number of illegal cruisers is increasing.

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Road signs show the many ways to get to Canada from Derby Line Center, V. The number of illegal cruisers is on the rise.

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While the southern border is getting all the attention with President Trump's massive wall and the backlog of desperate asylum seekers stuck in Mexico, things are also straining on the northern border of Canada. The number of illegal cruisers is on the rise. And residents complain that increased security has changed the character of the once neighborly border.

"It's even confusing for a local to understand," says Wheeler, a former state representative and history buff who publishes the Northland Journal. "Back when I was growing up you could come across the border with a wave to the border agents."

"It's a barrier and we feel it."

The last two fiscal years, US Customs and Border Protection have registered a 400% jump in fear of people crossing Canada illegally. It is the largest increase anywhere along the northern border of 5,525 kilometers.

Neighbors Janice Beadle (left) and Marie Vallieres stand on their respective sides of the white stripe marking the international border on Canusa Avenue, with the United States on the left and Canada on the right.

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Neighbors Janice Beadle (left) and Marie Vallieres stand on their respective sides of the white stripe marking the international border on Canusa Avenue, with the United States on the left and Canada on the right.

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Border authorities made it more difficult to cross freely after the September 11 terrorist attacks, but things have become even stricter since President Trump took office.

Think of Canusa Avenue – the name is a hybrid of Canada and the United States. The international border runs a third mile along this street. This is where Wheeler accidentally came to Canada.

There are 14 houses, with Americans living on the south side of the street and Canadians in the north. Two residents recently met on their respective sides of the white border line.

"We cannot leave our street of our own free will," says Janice Beadle, who describes herself as a retired snack bar owner, dairy worker and maple syrup manufacturer.

Richard Ross (right), patrol agent in charge of the US Border Patrol's Newport Station, greets a Canadian border agent at Beebe, Quebec and Beebe Plain, Vt., Crossed.

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Richard Ross (right), patrol agent in charge of the US Border Patrol's Newport Station, greets a Canadian Border Agent at Beebe, Quebec and Beebe Plain, Vt., Crossed.

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She owns a hundred-year-old yellow house on the U.S. side, which she is trying to sell. Because of the CBP checkpoint at the end of her street, Beadle has to identify herself to a uniformed agent every time she goes to the pharmacy or gets groceries.

"You are asked many questions," she says, annoyed. "And sometimes they will have proof that you live here, even if they know you!"

So last year it got worse. A large steel barrier was installed at the end of Canusa Avenue to control vehicle access.

Charles Harvey (center) and Tonya Wyche stopped to see the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, located on the US-Canada border, on their way back from a Montreal vacation. The library serves residents of both Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vt.

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Charles Harvey (center) and Tonya Wyche stopped to see the Haskell Free Library and Opera House, located on the US-Canada border, on their way back from a Montreal vacation. The library serves residents of both Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vt.

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"To me I feel it's very scary just to have the barrier there," says Beadle, "It's like a wall."

Marie Vallieres, a retired nurse, is next door in Canada.

"I used to be able to cross over and see my girlfriend who used to own the house and just take a glass of wine with her and come back," says Vallieres. "And now, as Janice says, it's a barrier and we feel it."

These days, Vallieres probably would not be able to take a bag of freshly baked cakes to the neighbor without drawing the attention of the authorities.

A motion-triggered camera is mounted on a tree aimed at a soft border crossing at the Haskell Free Library.

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A motion-triggered camera is mounted on a tree aimed at a soft border crossing at the Haskell Free Library.

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A new lifestyle

Fernando Beltrán, the retired Border Patrol agent in charge of the nearby Newport, Vt. Station, points out that this is a smuggling route used to move potent, hydroponically grown Canadian cannabis above this limit. CBP seized more than two tonnes of marijuana this year – a 362% increase over 2017.

"If I bring a bag of cookies to you, how does a guy in the port who sees it on camera know that the bag was just cookies ? ”Beltrán says. "People here used to say," Well, we were always on the honor system. "It's just not the way of life anymore."

The fact is that illegal activity is increasing here in the northeast corner of Vermont.

In 2017, CBP agents captured 165 immigrants; this year they took care of 822 people. Agents call them P-WACs – People Without Admission from Canada.

Ann Kasowski, from Stanstead, Quebec, crosses to the United States from Canada to enter the Haskell Free Library and Opera House. Kasowski said she lives four houses from the border.

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Ann Kasowski of Stanstead, Quebec, crosses to the United States from Canada to enter the Haskell Free Library and Opera House. Kasowski said she lives four houses from the border.

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With Trump's clash on the southern border several migrants are discovering the northern route.

"They feel a lot more pressure than they ever had south, and they found loopholes to exploit via Canada," said Richard Ross, the current patrol agent in charge of Newport Station. "It definitely has an effect on what we see up here."

Many illegal cruisers are Mexicans and Romanians, who are among the nationalities who do not need a visa to travel to Canada. It's much easier than swimming the Rio Grande and wandering through the sweltering Texas ranchland. They go online to request an online travel permit from Canada, fly to Toronto or Montreal, and pay a smuggler to show them where to cross.

Richard Ross, patrol agent in charge of the United States Border Patrol & # 39; s Newport Station, stands near the international border, marked by the slash in the woods, when snow falls.

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Richard Ross, patrol officer in charge of the US Border Patrol's Newport Station, stands near the international border, marked by the slant in the woods, as snow falls.

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"We are the first land border east of the Great Lakes," says Ross. "There are several major educational sites running south-south, either New York, Boston, all the way down to Washington, DC. It's very easy to be in the country and down the road in short order."

Ross drives along a road that runs parallel to the border, pointing out the open areas where people cross illegally in the midst of milk production, highlands and wage groves. Without a 30-foot high wall or a heavy deployment of agents, the border patrol here depends on ground sensors and game cameras.

Of course, the numbers are a drop in the bucket compared to the southern border. Last May, a group of more than 1,000 people crossed to El Paso. Nevertheless, over a year, 822 concerns are significant by the sleepy northern divide standards.

Even the public library has been pulled into the frontier steps.

The Haskell Free Library has a piece of black tape along the floor marking the international border.

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The Haskell Free Library is actually around the international border – the children's section is in Vermont and the rest of the stacks are in Quebec. The stately old building opened more than a century ago when both cities were a close-knit community. But these days librarians have to keep up with more than noisy patrons.

"It has even been used to smuggle because you can go in and out of Haskell without checking in on any of the customs," said Scott Wheeler, standing outside the library.

Last year, a Montreal man was sentenced to prison for stabbing a backpack full of weapons in the library bath for an accomplice to retrieve and breath into the United States

Additionally, Iranian families from Canada and the United States were prevented from walking back and forth of Trump's travel ban, had used the library's reading room for emotional family reunions. A green and white Border Patrol vehicle is now parked outside the library.

"Library staff must be careful about who comes and goes," Wheeler says.

The Border Jets, a beginner hockey team, practice at Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead, Quebec. The team consists of both Canadian and American players.

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The Border Jets, a new hockey team, practice at Pat Burns Arena in Stanstead, Quebec. The team consists of both Canadian and American players.

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Two Cities and Two Countries

Vermont State Brian Smith, a Republican, misses the old days.

"It was like it was a city and two countries," he says wistfully. "Now there are two cities and two countries. And now nobody goes back and forth that much anymore. It's still a bit."

Still, some of the mood of "one city, two countries" survives.

Stanstead, Quebec, delivers water and sewer service to Derby Line, Vt. Their fire departments help each other with big blocks. There is even a binational youth hockey team called Border Jets.

Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil says he had installed flower planters after several incidents when Canadian visitors drove down Church Street and accidentally crossed into the United States, only to be surrounded by Border Patrol vehicles.

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Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil says he had installed flower planters after several incidents when Canadian visitors drove down Church Street and accidentally crossed into the United States, only to be surrounded by Border Patrol vehicles.

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And not all cross-border streets have a steel barrier. Church Street connects Derby Line and Stanstead. Right next to the Haskell Library, the street is blocked off and the border is bounded by a row of flower pots .

"Basically, what happened was I who put flower pots in there," said Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil. He says he had the plantations installed after several incidents when Canadian visitors drove down Church Street and accidentally crossed into the United States, only to be surrounded by Border Patrol cars.

"I put those flower pots there so you can't cross with a car anymore," says the mayor proudly of Stanstead City Hall.

So there you have it: A flower border obstacle, and Canada paid for it.

Flower planters border the border and block what was once an open gate along the US-Canada international border connecting Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vt.

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Flower planters border the border and block what was once an open street along the US-Canada international border connecting Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vt.

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