Posted January 31st, 2017, 08:57 PM
Last edited by Travelcat2; January 31st, 2017 at 08:59 PM
I'm sure that phony DL's are used a lot in situations where they aren't going to be scrutinized too closely by law enforcement and I guess I have more faith in the system being able to pick them up then you do (and I will point out yet again that if that DL is that good then your notion of requiring passports of everyone goes out the window because they have, according to you anyway, all the documentation they need to get a passport).
As long as there are legal choices regarding documentation I think that people should choose the best documentation that meets their travel needs. If someone only crosses the land border into Canada regularly there is no reason for them to have a passport when a passport card (or EDL if available) will do (I know many in my community that fit that description, they will never travel out of the country any other way.)
Okay - my bad - I checked this thread again and have to strongly disagree about both passports and passport cards. You need to have a passport in order to have a NEXUS card, this card will allow you to bypass the long lines at the U.S./Canadian border as well as being able to bypass the long lines at the airports when returning to the U.S.
You have every right to feel that having the minimal documentation to enter the U.S. is okay while I have the same right to feel that U.S. citizens without a passport are wasting the time of border agents that need to spend their time scrutinizing birth certificates and drivers' licenses who should be paying attention to non-citizens visiting the U.S.
Since the written word can easily be misconstrued, please know that I am not making this post out of anger. For this post only, I will show my signature which may (or may not indicate how long we have been traveling internationally). In addition to our cruises (only since 2004), we did around 18 years of "land" international travel. We are fortunate enough to have been to 90+ countries. So, my experience is quite extensive. It is due to our experience that I feel so strongly about U.S. citizens having passports.
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