Thursday, December 01, 2005

Two Quick Notes:

That must be what they mean by "trade facilitation."

It has recently been noted in the press that the uniforms worn by our Border Patrol are purchased from a company in Tennessee that has outsourced the manufacturing to Mexico. Hence, U.S. Border Patrol Agents are wearing uniforms with a "Made in Mexico" label on the collar. According to the Border Patrol union president, "It's embarrassing to be protecting the U.S.-Mexico border and be wearing a uniform made in Mexico." I guess I don't see the issue. It would be embarrassing for a Border Patrol Agent to be, say, employing an illegal alien as a housekeeper. Wearing a uniform made in Mexico seems OK. At least it is properly marked with its country of origin.

Blogger held up in Immigration

A Canadian blogger who online claimed to be from New York, rather than Toronto, and who carried a magazine mailed to him at a New York address got detained when trying to enter the U.S. The story is reported here although the guy apparently removed it from his own blog. I have no opinion on whether he was properly detained (and apparently searched). It sounds like the circumstances were legitimately a bit suspicious. What I do think is interesting is that the officer apparently Googled the guy's blog and read enough to determine where he claimed to live as part of the routine passenger clearance process.

I better watch what a say.

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