U.S. To Tighten Border Controls in 2008
The U.S. government is going to start checking passports at our two largest borders in 2008, a mere eight years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Americans will need passports to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, Panama and Bermuda by 2008, part of a tightening of U.S. border controls in an era of terrorist threat, three administration officials said Tuesday.
Similarly, Canadians will also have to present a passport to enter the United States, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Canadians have been the only foreigners allowed to enter the United States with just a driver’s license.
An announcement, expected later Tuesday at the State Department, will specify that a passport or another valid travel document will have to be shown by U.S.
citizens, the officials said.
Either these measures are long overdue or they are a waste of time. If the former, waiting until 2008 is ridiculous. If the latter, let’s just skip them.