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Old 04-13-2007, 09:43 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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Sorry to go off topic here but I just had to say that the Alberta Rockies are the most breathtaking mountains you will ever see!!
Thanks! I'd love to see those mountains, rivers, and trees with my own two eyes.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:48 PM
 
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I've been planning on posting some pictures on here fairly soon. I just gotta find em in my numerous picture books.
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:08 AM
 
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Default KerrTown

I assume you'll have your Texas passport ready to be presented for inspection and approval as you cross the Illinois state line?
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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I'd like TEXAS is protected from other states. We should require a passport in order to come to Texas from another state; NO EVEN BETTER--crossing every state border should require a passport. At least I not worring about disloyal backwards Oklahomans ruining our state. But are biggest problem, more so than these immigrants are these DAMN Californians! They are not loyal to TEXAS, don't care to assimilate, and they are messing up our lifestyle by overcrowding our cities with their Californian accents and attitudes. And they are taking away jobs from NATIVE TEXANS!!! Out-of-staters moving to Texas should be regulated like immigrants moving to the US. The Texas legislature should "secure our borders." After all you said safety costs money so spend money for a passport and then spend your money in our wonderful country. Welcome to TEXAS, now get the HELL out!

But seriously, an inalienable right, the freedom of movement is being infringed upon. How do you think people were able to move France to Italy or Italy to Britain. There was no such thing as citizenship. It was just living in a certain territory that subjected you to a ruler and his government. Goods are able to move freely but people are snubbed. Talk about materialism! Someone mentioned on another website that the trash moved freely from Detroit to Windsor an it was not scrutinized through Customs/security but people were stuck in traffic jams crossing the river because of unhealthy Xenophobia. I bet that Detroiters/Windsorites care more about Detroit metro than the rest of Canada/USA.

Passports can be faked as much as DL. Why is everyone obsessed with border security but forget that their state borders are as vulnerable to out-of-staters? If our state borders were secure then that kidnapper in Lubbock wouldn't have been found with the newborn baby across the border in New Mexico. She would have been stopped at the TX-NM border with no problem.

I once wanted to move to Calgary and work there but these immigration laws make it hard. I ended up deciding on Chicago since it was easier and it was an upgrade (bigger city/metro area) compared to Calgary and the rest of Canada's cities. (Actually, the lake also seduced me into choosing Chicago. I wonder if the mountains of Alberta are as beautiful as that stupid lake? I'll visit sometime though.)

Good grief! You are contradicting everything that the Texans say they are such as friendly and neighborly, respectful, intelligent, and humble.

Disloyal and backward Oklahomians? That's a good one. Have you ever really studied some of the native Texans?

Not that it matters, but I am a Californian transplanted to Texas 28 years ago. If accents bother you, I would assume you are bothered by extremely trivial matters. But then again, trivial things bother me as well such as people in the south that don't speak properly and teachers in the schools that can't write, spell, or speak properly. So the circle of "not too smart" continues. A college education does not mean a person is educated. Sorry, I just have a real problem with such a trivial matter. I, too, must be shallow.

How in the world can anyone from any state mess up the lifestyle of a Texan? I just can comprehend that comment whatsoever. They are not taking away jobs from native Texans anymore than the Texans who live in CA or elsewhere are "taking away" jobs from people in other states.

Have you ever checked the statistics on native Texans on welfare or native anybodies on welfare? It's overwhelming. I would certainly worry about the illegals from Mexico before I'd worry about people from other states that actually may be helping to improve Texas in one way or another.

I can't believe I found this post. I saw your name on one of the Texas posts and like it, KerrTown. I then checked to see some of your other posts as from your name, I though maybe you lived in Kerr County, and I'm interested in moving to the Hill Country. I was going to ask you about it, but now I know there is no need to communicate with someone with blinders on and a totally narrow mind. With comments such as yours, I'm embarrassed to live in the UNITED States.

Canadians, you need passport requirements. Hopefully, it will limit the influx of certain types of Americans into your country. May God bless Canada.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:36 AM
 
Location: In a room above Mr. Charrington's shop
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I assume you'll have your Texas passport ready to be presented for inspection and approval as you cross the Illinois state line?
I thought the same thing. Here's a Texan, KerrTown, wishing for immigration laws there, while she/he lives -- in exile, as an expatriate, immigrant, "Johnny come lately" (or whatever the case) -- in Illinois! What's that about?
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Dreameyes, the passports are necessary not because Canada yet requires them from America, but because the U.S. requires all Americans to show a passport to reenter the U.S. (unless you're an illegal alien Mexican). The land crossings are still as they were and the passports so far have only been applied to airport and seaport points of entry. Soon however all points of entry including land crossings will require them.
It's NOT a big deal.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:24 AM
 
Location: C.R. K-T
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I thought the same thing. Here's a Texan, KerrTown, wishing for immigration laws there, while she/he lives -- in exile, as an expatriate, immigrant, "Johnny come lately" (or whatever the case) -- in Illinois! What's that about?
The first paragraph was sarcasm! The others were my true opinion. I making fun of these demagogues trying to restrict our freedom of movement. Notice the sarcasm smiley! ->

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Old 04-14-2007, 08:08 PM
 
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It's NOT a big deal.
Well I think shellin out 241 bucks for my husband and two kids under the age of 4 and 2 is pretty ridiculous for one trip.

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Old 04-17-2007, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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I agree it's a big deal. We're a family of 6 in a bordertown in Maine. We are back and forth across the border all the time! My husband is a dept manager at the local hospital, and two of his employees are Canadian, along with a number of nurses at the hospital. Border travel has become difficult. The lines are often very long and passports will not improve that at all. Most of us in Calais and St. Stephen feel as if we're really one community. I understand security issues, we have friends working in Customs---now Homeland Security---but really, I just want to visit the Ganong Chocolate Factory and go bowling or to a hockey game. We often have kids participating in sports on both sides of the border---had an amazing football team these last two years and lots of kids here go over for hockey (no rink in Calais). So, yeah, this really is a big deal---it's like having your town divided in two.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:43 PM
 
Location: North Dakota Farm
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It is required now of all citizens of the US to have a passport to enter Canada when flying (driving it will be 2009). Historically the Canada/US border has not even been a "real" border like say the Mexico/US border. There have been no armed guards, no fence. No Problems! Why now. Well it is supposedly under the guise of "security" that we have to shuck out 90-100 bucks for these ridiculous documents (which by the way are easily faked by terrorists) Just another way for the government to make money....its all about money! And its not fair that now good people living in each country who want to visit and enjoy the other country are gonna have to add a passport expense onto the ridiculously expensive airfaires!! So on top of the 1800 dollars we will need to spend to fly up to Canada this summer we have to add another 260 for the dang passports!! Ya my 9 month old is gonna blow up the plane!!! And my 3 year old is gonna hold up the crew at gunpoint!! Frigin Ridiculous!!! Ok vent over. I'm really not an angry person, some things just really get my blood boiling!

While we were researching the passports we came across a new agreement between the US and Canada called the Nexis Card. The Canadian government is very concerned about how this %@#^%@ passport situation will affect the tourism industry (and rightfully so, I mean say a family of six that was saving up for a year to vacation at disneyland goes to buy their tickets and find out Oh Hey BTW you have to give the government another 600 bucks so that people can naively think that they are doing something about security issues!!!) Anyways there are going to be offices throughout the US and Canada (there are some already) you will have to go to to get interviewed for this. Your information will be put in a database and will be retrieved at customs through a retinal scan. Sooo makes sense!! (You cannot fake an eye scan but you can a passport! security my butt! all about the green stuff!) And the best part is its only 50 bucks a person and children under 18 need one but they are free. I just wish they were in all major cities in the US right now. Woulda saved us 210 bucks!

From my understanding (from the US side of things anyways) is that there are hundreds of Canadians a day trying to come down to the US and live and vice versa without having to do it legally. With all the terrorism they are now trying to 'protect' their borders. Since Canada immigrates just about anyone and their dog their starting to put their guard up. It's funny, I am a Canadian, I LEGALLY immigrated to the US, I see these people at the border several times a week, my husband works for Immigration (sorry...it's CBP now, but he's Legacy Immigration in the US) and I have a harder time getting back into Canada than people coming in from foreign countries. I know how irritating the passport thing is since in Canada you can't 'renew' your passport like you can in the US and it's only good for 5 years now!

Expensive AND irritating but I think it's for the greater good.
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