Canada was so nice to their POW’s during World War 2 that almost 20% of them requested to stay after the war.
A Russian immigrant to NY in the 1920s, Lillian Alling was so homesick that she resolved to walk home to Siberia. She walked an estimated 5000 miles in 3 years, serving a few months in jail for vagrancy in Canada, and was last sighted on the banks of the Bering Strait.
Former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, liked to write on the margin of memos. One time, he read a memo with narrow margins, and replied “Watch the borders!” The next week was met with mass confusion, as multiple inquiries were sent to Border Patrol inquiring about any suspicious border activity.
When asked for his thoughts on the migration of New Zealanders to Australia, the Prime Minister of New Zealand stated that the “annual exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries”.
The Jay Treaty, signed in 1794, provides that American Indians may travel freely across the Canadian-US border. Native Indians born in Canada are entitled to freely enter the United States for the purpose of employment, study, retirement, investing, and/or immigration.
More than 40% of the Fortune 500 companies in 2010 were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant.
A company is attempting to create a community of tech workers aboard a cruise ship anchored 12 miles from the US sea border so that they don’t have to obey labor laws or get work visas.
The streets in Northeast Minneapolis were named after the U.S. presidents in order of their election to help new residents from Poland, Ukraine, Lebanon and Germany prepare for citizenship exams.
A Mexican amusement park offers a fake US-Mexico border crossing attraction, complete with fake smugglers and fake border patrol agents. The aim is to dissuade would be migrants from making the trip. For 3 hours, tourists endure sirens, chases and the fake border patrol yelling threats.
Osama bin Laden’s estranged son is a British resident, although his visa was initially declined because he “failed to state his father’s permanent address.”