One wonders how, exactly, this requirement really beefs up national security and remedies what was wrong with pre-9/11 world security measures.
Part of the problem with the backlog? Battle of the Big Brothers part 13453498908 as State and Homeland Security duke it out for who gets to be bitchier toward whom:
Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-N.Y., whose district lies near the Canadian border, said White House officials had been on Capitol Hill trying to work out a compromise amid what he called a "turf war" between State and Homeland Security.By the way, the name of the measure requiring passports strikes me as another bright star in the sky of creepily-named laws: the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Make no mistake about how much of the world we control here, people.
Reynolds faulted "arrogant" officials for failing to get the system working properly, and said he was worried about even more headaches next year when passports will be required to drive into Canada or Mexico.
When it comes to border crossings and required documentation, though, we already know that neither Department moves quickly, don't we.
Update: excellent quote -
"We are absolutely thrilled," said Jennifer Wilson, co-president of Valerie Wilson Travel, a $330 million luxury travel agency in Manhattan. "The backlog was too inhibiting."Inhibiting? I know, laws, like, really blow and stuff, don't they. Especially when they interfere with luxury travel. Funny, when they change immigration laws and procedures, not too much grandfathering allowed there. But if we've learned nothing else this week in America, we've learned that if you have money, your complaints are much better received.