I have a busy morning today, followed by an exhausted afternoon, and so you may have to take a little less today. This is an anniversary, of course, but I decline to participate in the national introspection. If you’re looking for bloggage to discuss, here’s a good start: The formerly friendly Canadian border, gone, gone, gone.
Dick Law of Gibraltar can remember boating across the Detroit River to Crystal Bay in Canada as a young man and seeing the customs officials go by and simply wave.
But beefed-up border security from customs officials, the Coast Guard, county sheriffs and local police have complicated what once was a simple trip to Ontario waters across from Grosse Ile.
As of Jan. 31, Americans will be required to carry a passport or similar document to return from Canada, a requirement formerly reserved for overseas travelers. Customs officials plan to phase in the requirement until the public becomes more aware, but it’s expected to increase the time it takes to cross the borders.
The new rules will be backed up with more spot checks. Law said boaters near Gibraltar face a gauntlet of law enforcement from U.S. or Canadian customs agents, the Coast Guard, the Wayne County sheriff and local police from Gibraltar and Grosse Ile.
It isn’t just boaters, either. They’ve started putting portable toilets along the approaches to the crossing at Port Huron. Live near a border? What’s it like where you are?
Back later today, in one form or another.