Today marks the rollout of a requirement that will be implemented at all US border crossings to Screen all visitors requiring visas.
Canadian Citizens are exempt… but Canadian immigrants are not. Now, if you’re entering the US through a border crossing… or even if you’re just making a stopover in Hawaii on your way back to Canada… you can, and will be photographed and fingerprinted.
Proponents of this technology say that “regular” people shouldn’t be worried because they have nothing to hide.
I say, this is just another serious and needless invasion of privacy that will do little to prevent terrorists from entering the United States. I will not stand to have my fingerprints in the database of another country no matter how benign they claim to be. Having my medical records, and those of my 6 month old daughter, available to the US Government is bad enough. How is it any of their business anyway?
I wonder how US Citizens would feel if they were told to hand over their identity at the border. I’m sure their reaction would be similar.
Just for kicks why don’t we list the ways Terrorists could circumvent these measures… if you’re a terrorist reading this blog, please don’t read this part…
- Walk across the Canada/US border… somewhere between one of the border crossings.
- Hitch a ride on a drug smuggling helicopter or boat
- If you’re feeling as though your skin colour may not jive with your pale Canadian cohorts… maybe try on the Mexican side… it’s a little tougher, but hey 4.8 million Mexicans must have got there somehow!
- There is always the old standby of disguise… but hey, you may not even need to worry about that when Fingerprints aren’t really as infallable as law enforcement like to think of it as being.
Luckily.. there is no word on mandatory DNA testing at the border… yet.