Can Wild And Crazy Toronto Mayor Attend NHL Winter Classic?

November 29, 2013, 11:05 AM by  Allan Lengel

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford -- the wild and crazy guy who looks like the late SNL star Chris Farley -- wants to come to Michigan to attend the NHL Winter classic on Jan. 1 between the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

But Yahoo! News reports that he could have a hard time getting into the states because of his very public crack smoking.

Toronto-based immigration lawyer Michael Niren, an expert in both Canadian and U.S. immigration issues, told Yahoo Canada News that Ford could be denied entry into the U.S. because of his drug use even if he hasn't been formally charged.

"His public admission of illegal drug use could be enough to prevent him from admission by US border officials,"  Niren said. "[U.S.] Immigration is very strict when it comes to offenses considered as "Crimes of Moral Turpitude" or CMTs. And illegal drug use squarely falls into that category.  If Ford is denied entry he will likely be required to apply for a U.S. waiver, which could take months. There is, however, discretion for border officials to 'parole' him on humanitarian grounds, but that happens usually only in extreme cases. Not sure the Winter Classic event would cut it."

Ford told the Toronto Sun a couple days ago that he definitely wants to attend the New Year's Day game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I don’t have the plans worked out yet, but I want to go,” he's quoted as saying

Earlier coverage: Winter Classic Fever Rises in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Nov. 23

Read more:  Yahoo! News

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