Dreams of erecting neat dividing walls aside, border communities can’t help but be tied to their neighbours on the “wrong side.” This can make issues of citizenship rather more complicated, and resists one-size-fits-all approaches like FATCA.
Residents of places like Campobello Island stand to be devastated by the US’s heavy handed and indiscriminate attempt to catch tax evaders.
Like approximately half of the nearly 1,100 people who call Campobello home, a quirk of geography and the absence of an island hospital mean that Case’s lineage can be traced across the border to Maine. […] So, by virtue of her parents’ birthright, Case is a dual citizen.
Campobello Island is in the unique position of being a Canadian territory that is only accessible year-round from the United States. And because of its small size, border crossings are necessary part of the year to reach basic amenities, such as gas stations, banks, and hospitals. This is a community that cannot simply renounce its ties to the US.
On FATCA, Campobello mayor Stephen Smart says: “Nobody knows how aggressive they’re going to be, and that hurts on its own […] The mental stress is already taking a toll.”