Detail from a mural in the Buffalo, New York's City Hall depicting the U.S.-Canada border, circa. 1931.
In the age of the internet and global warming, national borders seem a little absurd -- until you or someone you know has trouble crossing one.
I've been collecting stories about our borders: here are a few.
Now the Feds plan to require passports for those intra-metropolis "border crossings." Niagara Falls's [Canada] day-tripper traffic was down 42 percent in June from 2005 numbers. Less than 25 percent of people in the U.S. even have passports, though applications have clogged the Federal bureaucracy this year. In the Buffalo area, border obstacles are creating a further economic drag on an already depressed economy.
It will come as no surprise that the U.S. government wants to disturb this comfortable arrangement; a terrorist might try to pass as a book borrower?
Naturally our immigrant-averse xenophobes are mightily upset about this very human cross-traffic.
Sounds like an ordinary U.S. jail to me -- but the Feds haven't even given a reason for this treatment of a Massachusetts home owner. He tried to cross a border.
Meanwhile, Shirley-Ann and Henry Leu retired to Blaine, WA aiming to raise Pomeranian dogs at their new home. Since they were located adjacent to the border with Canada, they built a $15,000 concrete wall to keep the dogs in. Trouble was, their wall encroached on the 10 foot "obstruction-free zone" that Schornack was tasked with creating. And when Schornack sued to get the fence moved, the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation stepped in to fight for the Leu's "property rights."
Schornack is now suing the President he served.