Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Australian who bicycled from Florida to Port Townsend about to be deported

TACOMA — An Australian citizen who visited Port Townsend last week as part of a cross-country bicycle trip is facing deportation after staying in the country for two months after his visa waiver had expired.

David Fagan, 29, had arrived at the Sumas border crossing June 11 with his companion, Dawn Lumsden, when a border guard refused to allow him into the country because he could not show proof that he had the funds necessary to support himself in Canada, Lumsden said. (Read Story: Bicyclists en-route From Florida)

Lumsden said she offered to get the documents that would prove Fagan's financial solvency from her mother's home, which is close to the border, and return in about an hour.

The guard said that was not acceptable and told the couple to return to the United States portion of the border crossing.

At this point, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel determined that Fagan had overstayed his visa waiver.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where he remains. (Cycling Gypsies Blog)

On Tuesday, Lumsden said she had talked to Fagan and that he told her he will be deported to Australia, but doesn't know when.

“We don't know what is happening right now,” she said.

“It's a waiting game. Read More

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