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Old 02-28-2007, 03:22 AM   #1
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Soon to be Passport law

What a pain it is going to be next year when I have to get a passport, just to go to the states. I guess we take, some things for granted. Hey Lapeer, do you come into Ontario often? What'daya think about it?
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:16 AM   #2
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starting jan 1 of 07 you already need a passport to fly into the states from canada. As far as needing a passport to drive into the country they say you'll "need" one by jan 1, 08. The original date for this to occurr was 2006 or earlier, but contuies to get pushed back. I know the govenor of michigan is working very had to get the federal government to agree on a compromise and let michigan and perhaps other states have a special drivers liscense that includes ones citizenship to sidestep the passport rule. I already have my passport. I figured it would just make it easier for me to take the bus across the border. Turns out i've been pulled over and inspected more with the passport than with my old drivers liscense.

I'm not sure why passports are being required, other than the fact that the government stands to make a lot of $$$ at over $100 each. All of the 911 terrorists were here with legal passports, so the new rule won't help with that sort of activity.

The new rule will hurt both the economys of ontario and michigan as there will be less tourism between the 2 countries.

just my 2 cents
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:31 PM   #3
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Couldn't have said it any better. Hopefully they come to their senses before next year. Right now there is a 4-5 month wait for a passport. Better get mine on order soon, so I'm not screwed over.
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:57 PM   #4
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Well, and they are handy to have just in case. Mabye you might want to take a spur of the moment trip to south america or europe. It is not needed however, and will only slow border crossing down even more. If someone wants to behave in an illegal fashion, then they will always find a way. No matter what the media or politicians tell us.

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