There had been a thread about these changes earlier: it is, of course, simply another example of Homeland Security making it 'appear' that they are doing something to secure your borders when the real risks continue. Since terrorists are more likely to use trucks or cars, a more logical step would have been to require visitors to check in as they drive from one city or town to another. Hey, that sounds like the land of the free - a shining beacon to the rest of the world of how wonderful life can be in a free society, rather than a police state. Remind you of anything? "Ze paypaws - show me ze paypaws pleese!"
Anyone else think that this sort of over-reaction is exactly what the terrorists were hoping for? Its perfect, really, since it will not interfere in the least with their modus operandi - afterall, the vast majority of cargo containers entering the US by land, air or sea are not inspected. Of course, inspections would slow down international trade
- a.k.a. the flood of inferior products from China
that are currently decimating your economy.
As a sailor on Lake Ontario
I used to cross to the United States in my boat several times a summer, but have reluctantly decided that from now on that I will give it a pass. I will likely still have to enter the United States on my trip to the Caribbean
next year, but will certainly do so only until I can get a good weather
window for a departure from NYC
and then parts
south. Sadly, I somehow suspect that terrorists will not be similary deterred.
Lattitude 38 seems to devote an incredible amount of space to protesting the red tape involved for foreign (read U.S.) vessels cruising in Mexico
. Well, it is now a paperwork paradise compared to cruising under these regulations
. Why doesn't Homeland Security just post signs in every port reading, 'Visiting Yachts KEEP OUT!'
We in Canada
can do nothing to change this - it is (rightly) a domestic matter for your own politicians. But Americans could write their Senators and Congressmen to protest this terrible (and ultimately inneffective) precedent for the rest of world. I hope the Canadian and Mexican governments do not enact similar draconian laws in retaliation (and I suspect that at least for now, reason will still prevail). But the world has just become a much less friendly place for those who wish to be international cruisers.