Too Old for a Passport?
The Department of Homeland Security is learning what parents already know: There is truth in the old adage that if you give an inch, someone will want a mile.
Last week the department said it would propose to exempt U.S. and Canadian children from the plan to require passports for all land and sea border crossings. Under current plans, by next year everyone will need a passport for any land or sea border crossing, just as they now need one for any border crossings by air. Under the modified plan, which still needs to go through a vetting process that includes a public comment period, U.S. and Canadian kids ages 15 and under could cross U.S. and Canadian borders with just a birth certificate and parental permission, as would older kids if they were part of a group.
Now, the National Tour Association has decided the more lenient rule should also apply to seniors. Turns out the Student & Youth Travel Association was instrumental in nudging DHS towards being more lenient toward students, and the NTA reminded regulators that they had joined the SYTA in original appeals. Seniors on fixed budgets, they argue, need the break.
Maybe they could just use their AARP cards in place of a passport.
Anyone want to bet on when the ACLU will decide to sue DHS for age discriminiation?
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