- 3 charged with burglarizing Scott City bar (10/14/16)4
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Cape Girardeau County: A great place to grab a bite (10/14/16)2
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
- Three weeks and then what? (10/18/16)2
- Suspected attacker of Southeast student apprehended (10/19/16)5
The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette
As debate continues over the government's proposed border-crossing program, one aspect of the current policy deserves closer scrutiny: different treatment of our neighbors. ...
Guests from Canada ... are allowed to remain in the United States for up to six months without any visa. Visitors from Mexico, however, are limited to a 72-hour stay. Mexican citizens can't go more than 25 miles from the border, while Canadians are free to travel throughout the United States. ...
If homeland security were a concern, the restrictions should also apply to Canadians. After all, some of the Sept. 11 hijackers entered the United States from Canada. As far as we know, none came in from Mexico.
This treatment is based on the decades-old fear that visitors from Mexico will abuse the system.
But the current system doesn't stop those looking for work. It merely curtails tourism among Mexico's middle- and upper-class citizens and engenders ill will between the United States and Mexico.
Our system is downright unneighborly.