This is stupid
U.S. won't delay new border security measures
Last Updated Tue, 18 Apr 2006 21:04:11 EDT
The United States says it has no intention of delaying its plan to introduce tougher security checks at border crossings, including with Canada.Only one out of six Americans own a passport. The most common travel document for an American citizen is a military or military dependent ID.
As of Jan. 1, 2008 Canadians will need a passport to enter the U.S.
Michael Chertoff, the U.S. Homeland Security secretary, told Stockwell Day, Canada's minister of public safety, that the new regulations will come into effect Jan. 1, 2008.
As of that date, Canadians will need a passport to enter the United States at land border crossings, and Washington will require Americans to obtain a new security identity card to re-enter the country.
Canadian officials want the plan changed or at least delayed.
The Conference Board of Canada has examined the issue and found that just nine per cent of Americans without passports would be interested in obtaining the new security card. The economic think-tank predicts trouble ahead, especially for the tourism industry.
This "travel security" document is a precursor to a national ID, and will be a massive failure. When Congressmen from border states realize their economies will lose millions because of the inability to simply drive across the border, go shopping and come back, all hell will break loose. Many Canadians shop in the US as well. When I went to Canada, all I needed was my Drivers License. All a Canadian needs is the same.
I would bet when the Canadians start lobbying their neighboring Congressmembers and show them the lost cross-border income, especially if the GOP loses the House, that this will never take effect.
posted by Steve @ 3:20:00 PM