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Man arrested for overstaying U.S. visa by 90 minutes

By Mason White 1:37 PM May 5, 2017
Baxter Reid
Baxter Reid
By: Tanya Clark

A man was arrested by border patrol agents in the United States, after overstaying his visa for 90 minutes.

26-year-old Baxter Reid of Canberra, Australia, was in the United States on a five year tourist visa, and he was with his girlfriend Heather Brianna of Staten Island, New York, at the time of his arrest.

Brianna started a GoFundMe page to collect money in order to free Reid.

In the GoFundMe campaign, which has exceeded its goal, Brianna wrote about her boyfriend’s ordeal.

“Baxter is Australian, served in the Australian Army and has been in the United States for the last several months traveling the states with me in my van on a 5 Year B1/B2 tourist Visa.

“There is one stipulation with the Visa, he must exit the country every six months for a period of time before returning to keep the Visa valid.”

The couple decided to go to the Canada, in order to comply with those conditions. However, when the couple arrived at the Canadian border, agents spent hours questioning them.

After spending more than four hours at the border, they were refused entry to Canada, because his U.S. visa was expiring.

The couple was then sent to the U.S. border patrol. By the time they met with U.S. border patrol agents, Reid had already overstayed his visa for 90 minutes.

Reid was handcuffed and taken to prison.

“This is a man who has no prior incidents with the law, not in the U.S. or his native Australia. Now, because of bureaucracy and an unwillingness to listen to him, he is being charged as a felon under immigration laws.

“Imagine going out of your way to comply with the law, and having the people who are meant to uphold it, sabotage you and turn you into the criminal,” Brianna wrote on GoFundMe.

The family will use the money they collect to pay for an immigration lawyer.

Brianna is worried that if her boyfriend is deported, he will not being allowed to reenter the U.S., so she can marry him one day and be a happy family.