Transportation Security Administration chief Kip Hawley ‘s June announcement in USA TODAY marks the TSA’s firmest commitment to a program that airports and airlines have eagerly been seeking as a way to shorten security lines for “trusted travelers.” He also provided new details on how the program could operate.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.
At airports, program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.
“Hawley said travelers will undergo “a significantly speedier process” at airport checkpoints if they clear both a government check for terror ties and another background check to help verify they pose no security threat.
“Critics such as the American Civil Liberties Union say lines will grow longer for travelers who aren’t in the program, which is expected to cost each flier around $80 to $100 annually. The ACLU also said that terrorists could enroll in the program by using fake identities.”
On Nov. 30, Napolitano signed a “Trusted Traveler” agreement with Mexico, thereby implementing a primary objective of the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Transportation Policy working group under President Bush, namely to open the U.S. border to approximately 84 million Mexican citizens by issuing biometric “trusted traveler” cards that Mexicans entering the U.S. can swipe through ATM-like Global Entry kiosks at some 20 international airports in the United States.
So, if one is considered a Mexican or Canadian “trusted traveler” he/she can move freely across international borders, BUT, American’s traveling within the United States, receive no such consideration and must subject themselves to unconstitutional (4th Amendment) virtual strip searches and fondling by strangers.
The new programs also open the way for up to 84 million Mexican nationals to enter our country with very little inspection. How many of these 84 million Mexicans will vote? How many of those who vote will vote Democrat? Would this policy not also open the door for increased smuggling? Hmmm, I wonder what Napolitano‘s real motives are? I wonder…
This is just one more example of un-elected bureaucrats ignoring the constitutional provision that Congress must make our laws. Remember the separation of powers? We are being ruled, regulated and legislated out of existence by these bureaucrats.
“World Net Daily, (WND) also reported that the U.S. State Department is moving to create a continental border around the U.S. as the relevant national security perimeter, thereby erasing the borders between the U.S. and Mexico and between the U.S. and Canada. Again, shouldn’t such a monumental decision be enacted by Congress?
“The agreements are documented in a March 23 State Department memo titled “United States-Mexico Partnership: A New Border Vision,” and a draft document with Canada titled “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Competitiveness,” a draft copy of which has been obtained by CTV News in Canada. “WND has reported since 2006 that a blueprint published in 2005 by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) entitled “Building a North American Community” called for the establishment of a common security perimeter around North America by 2010 to facilitate the free movement of people, trade and capital between the three nations of North America.”
Eradicating national borders has long been a foundation piece of the Communist Party and the entire slimy One World Order crowd. Our very existence as a sovereign nation is under extreme attack. We must stand up and fight against this and all other programs that challenge our sovereignty.
So, c’mon Obamba – show us your true colors -fire Napolitano. C’mon Congress – de-fund the DHS and end their dictatorial usurpation of power NOW!!
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