- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Children's exposure to meth via parents is growing; Mo. Children's Division seeing effects (9/18/16)8
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
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.