Actor Randy Quaid detained in Canada by border agents

Wed Oct 7, 2015 9:01pm EDT
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By Andrea Hopkins

TORONTO (Reuters) - U.S. actor Randy Quaid said on Wednesday he is being detained by Canadian border security and threatened with deportation because of confusion over a long-standing property dispute with California officials.

Quaid has been seeking permanent residency in Canada and has been living with his wife Evi, a dual Canadian-U.S. citizen, in Montreal for three years.

He said a Canada Border Services Agency officer arrested him when he checked in with the agency on Tuesday morning. Quaid said he has been checking in every two weeks since May as part of the conditions set when his application for permanent residency was rejected.

"I met every condition but they are saying 'you're not going to leave if we tell you to leave,'" Quaid said in a telephone interview from a detention center near Montreal.

A spokeswoman from CBSA would not confirm or deny the arrest.

Quaid had sought asylum in Canada in 2010, claiming that business associates sought to harm him, but was arrested in Vancouver in 2010 over what he said is an outstanding warrant connected with a Santa Barbara property dispute.

He later dropped the asylum application and sought permanent residency.

"We love Montreal. It has a great film scene. My wife is here, she's Canadian, and we should be able to be together. We've been married 26 years," Quaid said.   Continued...

U.S. actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi (L) leave the Canadian Immigration Court after their hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia November 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ben Nelms