Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Border risks?

The AP writes that Americans will be required to have passports to reenter the US returning from some our closest neighbors: Canada, Mexico, the Carribean, and even Panama. A Bush policy wonk states:

But we have some lead time to work with our Canadian travel partners to get this information out to them.
While a Canadian official says:
Our system has really always worked on the basis of reciprocity [...] And therefore we will review our requirements for American citizens and we're going to do that in collaboration with the United States.
See the difference? The US 'informs' while Canada seeks to 'collaborate'. Come on Bush can do better than this! Here's some free advice: when thinking about changing border policy with your biggest trading partner, you might want to bring them in on the conversation. Maybe it's just me, but that sounds like a good idea. Anyone else tired of overreacting by the Bush Administration? I am.


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