by Bill Hocutt
The following is a quote from the State Department webpage:
"Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable." http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html
The reasoning behind this is to increase border security. So now Uncle Bob and Aunt Judy have got to get a passport before they go on their long planned vacation to Bermuda or Cabbo. Yes Sirree, That makes me feel a lot safer, No more illegal aliens sneaking in at the airports. Those were the Illegal aliens that I was really concerned about, we should not be concerned about the (Estimated) thousands of illegal aliens that sneak across every day. We don't need to build a fence or put the National Guard on the border to stop those illegal
aliens from entering our country because now AMERICAN CITIZENS have to show a passport at the airport.
This is not a case of closing the gate after the cows got out, this is a case of shooting the horses because the cows got out. This new requirement does nothing to increase border security, it is just another FUTILE EMPTY GESTURE that looks good and fools people into thinking that the government is actually doing something to protect our borders. This may come as a bit of a shock to our President, Congress and State Department, but the majority of Illegal aliens do NOT fly into the airports, they sneak across our unguarded southern
It seems to me that either our Government is extremely naive or it thinks we (the American citizens) are extremely stupid. If they were serious about increasing border security, they would guard the border, not just make cosmetic changes that only affect LEGAL AMERICAN TRAVELERS at the airport.
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