Posts Tagged ‘trusted traveler agreement’

After all the stories about trouble at TSA checkpoints what’s the one thing that the Obama Administration could do to annoy people more? Barbara Espinosa has the answer:

As violent drug cartels take over Mexico and expand their criminal enterprises north, the United States has signed a “trusted traveler” agreement that allows pre-screened Mexican airline passengers to bypass lengthy airport security checkpoints.

The foreigners will get “trusted traveler cards” with fingerprints and other biometric data and they must answer customs declarations questions on touch-screen kiosks before leaving airport inspection areas. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims it’s a way to enhance information sharing and mutual security in the face of “ever-evolving, multinational threats.”
About 84 million Mexicans are expected to qualify for the trusted traveler program, according to Mexico’s Interior Ministry Secretary, who signed the agreement on behalf of his country this week.

I’m sure that this is going to go over really well with the traveling public. In terms of PR the only thing more foolish the administration could do is to assign police to escort people crossing the border illegally…oh wait:

While Napolitano was in Mexico finalizing the trusted traveler agreement this week, she also took the opportunity to sign a “letter of intent” to develop a plan for protecting immigrants from criminal attacks as they cross the border—illegally—into the U.S.

Yes you read that right.

Now common decency says you don’t stand by while people are attacked or robbed but common sense also says that once you save people from attack, if they were in the process of committing a federal offense you arrest them!.

Our grandparents of the greatest generation and before would be looking at us and shaking their heads.

BTW don’t miss Barbara on KFNX 1100 Mondays 8-9 PM Arizona time.