Open Thread - Don't Pay the Ferryman
originally posted: 2008-04-30 05:21:16 - bumped, cho
There's an old song which every once in a while pops into my head...and once again after reading this article (a good read)..it popped..
Morning Edition, April 30, 2008 · The U.S. Border Patrol has started regularly checking the citizenship of passengers on certain ferries inside Washington state. Such nationality checks are common in the Southwest, but along the Canadian border, they're still relatively new — and to many people, the checkpoints have come as a shock.
A ferry from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to Anacortes, a town on the coast, follows a domestic route — it never leaves U.S. waters. Yet, when it arrives in Anacortes, there's a chance that passengers will be greeted by the Border Patrol.
Joe Giuliano, a Border Patrol spokesman, explains what might happen if there is a checkpoint when this ferry docks.
"We're asking you your nationality and citizenship. ... If you have no paperwork with you, then we either have to be convinced by you, or run some other records checks, either on your vehicle or the name you give us, to attempt to validate that," he says.