New visa rules for Mexican nationals turn families, tourists into collateral damage, loved ones say

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Having just tucked his oldest son into bed on Wednesday evening, Sebastian Ibarra walked into his living room at home in British Columbia’s North Okanagan district and saw a text from his spouse asking if he’d seen the news.

He did a quick online search and learned that the federal government was reimposing some visa requirements on visiting Mexican nationals to curb the number of asylum claims in Canada and stem the flow of people crossing into the United States.

Taken aback, Ibarra said he thought of his parents and brother — who are supposed to visit him from Mexico this summer.

“I was disappointed,” he said. “The system [is trying]

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