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Sen. Walter Sobchak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-08-07 06:45 PM
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41. This has been a disaster in Canada too,
I spend alot of time in Canada on business at present and Canadians start lining up outside the federal building as early as 5am to get to the passport office, the local drunks are doing a brisk business as they will sleep outside the door and then trade their spot in line for a bottle of alcohol.

Fortunately US Customs is being extremely accomodating to the point of ignoring the new rules for Canadians and Americans alike, a US Customs officer at the Calgary airport quipped to me that "this regulation was probably made by one of Newts boys who boasted about not having a passport"

For my part, when I last renewed my passport in 2003 I got it in about ten days,
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  -Feds May Suspend Border Passport Rule Eugene  Jun-07-07 04:14 PM   #0 
  - and homeland security is doing a bang up job... letting T.B. Guy  glowing   Jun-07-07 04:17 PM   #1 
  - "other undesirables" ? What, like lepers?  Sequoia   Jun-07-07 04:17 PM   #2 
  - The passport backlog was front page news in the AJC today. People are pissed off.  CottonBear   Jun-07-07 04:17 PM   #3 
  - Utterly predictable.  Kagemusha   Jun-07-07 05:43 PM   #13 
  - I just got back from my North American vacation...  susanna   Jun-09-07 01:34 AM   #45 
  - Gov't: "We want maximum security measures in place, Unless people  mcscajun   Jun-07-07 04:20 PM   #4 
  - if they would only use their heads and examine each person, i cant see why  leQ   Jun-07-07 04:22 PM   #5 
  - Setting up another 9-11?  48percenter   Jun-07-07 04:23 PM   #6 
  - That's what I thouhgt.  dkofos   Jun-07-07 04:40 PM   #8 
  - I wonder if procrastination is more common in the US  Lone_Star_Dem   Jun-07-07 04:35 PM   #7 
  - I think a four month wait for a passport renewal  DURHAM D   Jun-07-07 04:50 PM   #10 
     - When I did mine in December they said 10-12 weeks  Lone_Star_Dem   Jun-07-07 09:57 PM   #24 
  - None of our "security measures" make any sense  ladym55   Jun-07-07 04:41 PM   #9 
  - Same thing in our public schools. We lock all the doors and create  jazzjunkysue   Jun-09-07 01:18 PM   #50 
  - Meanwhile in Saudi-Arabia......  monktonman   Jun-07-07 04:58 PM   #11 
  - They want to restrict...  Tandalayo_Scheisskopf   Jun-07-07 05:05 PM   #12 
  - No, it is not East Germany yet...  KamaAina   Jun-07-07 08:32 PM   #20 
  - However, you will experience no delay in their cashing your check!  FarCenter   Jun-07-07 07:02 PM   #14 
  - True!  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-07-07 07:55 PM   #17 
     - I hope your passport arrives in time  FarCenter   Jun-07-07 09:14 PM   #22 
     - Thanks for the info!  missb   Jun-08-07 11:57 AM   #40 
        - At least they've suspended the requirement for Canada  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-08-07 08:07 PM   #42 
  - y Dream. People stop vacationing for 1 year. Stop buying  anitar1   Jun-07-07 07:15 PM   #15 
  - Why why why does the travel industry always take the hit?  aquart   Jun-07-07 07:52 PM   #16 
  - This passport thing for Mexico and Canada is STUPID!  burrowowl   Jun-07-07 08:17 PM   #18 
  - Same thing on the Canadian border  CatholicEdHead   Jun-08-07 11:42 AM   #38 
  - Exactly!  susanna   Jun-10-07 01:18 AM   #54 
  - Trains too.  Ben Masel   Jun-07-07 08:24 PM   #19 
  - Hello, Ben!  High Plains   Jun-08-07 11:36 AM   #37 
  - Gawd, NO SHIT! They pass a stupid passport requirement...  johnnyrocket   Jun-07-07 08:48 PM   #21 
  - It's worse than that...  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-07-07 09:23 PM   #23 
     - what a bunch of dumbfucks!  48percenter   Jun-08-07 01:15 AM   #25 
     - That is exactly why we paid via money order  susanna   Jun-23-07 12:02 AM   #60 
  - Hard to believe  silverlil   Jun-08-07 04:34 AM   #26 
  - Feds to Suspend Border Passport Rule (North America travel)  underpants   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #27 
  - Republican government strikes again  gratuitous   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #28 
  - There were many, many warnings that this would be the result.  Kagemusha   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #29 
  - Right. Several years of time to ramp up operations to take care of the increased workload  Gormy Cuss   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #33 
  - Yeah and isn't not wanting to be an inconvenience how we got here?  underpants   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #30 
  - Not going to help visiting non US Territories  Paulie   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #31 
  - How the heck do you "prove" you've applied??  Habibi   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #32 
  - Good question. After you apply you do have part of the application.  Coventina   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #36 
     - Here's what they do:  Lydia Leftcoast   Jun-08-07 08:11 PM   #43 
     - Something interesting for you...  susanna   Jun-09-07 01:52 AM   #47 
     - I didn't get a piece of my app/receipt of any kind...  susanna   Jun-09-07 01:49 AM   #46 
  - I applied for my passport Feb 8th. It arrived May 14.  Coventina   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #34 
     - I'm told such waits are much more common in non-US countries.  Kagemusha   Jun-08-07 10:59 AM   #35 
     - The Big Brother chip - maybe that's the problem.  NCevilDUer   Jun-08-07 11:49 AM   #39 
     - Have you tried to microwave it (n/t)  ProudDad   Jun-10-07 05:05 PM   #56 
     - I'm sitting here counting my blessings.  susanna   Jun-11-07 09:32 PM   #59 
  - This has been a disaster in Canada too,  policypunk   Jun-08-07 06:45 PM   #41 
  - The Canadian issues are among the most contentious...  pink-o   Jun-10-07 05:17 PM   #57 
     - they aren't done yet,  policypunk   Jun-10-07 11:34 PM   #58 
  - trickle down..  shanti   Jun-08-07 10:58 PM   #44 
  - Passport boder?  one more state   Jun-09-07 04:43 AM   #48 
  - The NPIC is deluged by phone calls and emails...  entanglement   Jun-09-07 10:44 AM   #49 
  - Only if you are going by AIR  Oreegone   Jun-09-07 06:49 PM   #51 
  - Don't mess with our Canadian vacations.  ozone_man   Jun-09-07 06:58 PM   #52 
  - Only if you travel by AIR  Oreegone   Jun-09-07 06:58 PM   #53 
  - 911, terra, terra, terra  treestar   Jun-10-07 04:09 PM   #55 

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