USA Tightens Screws on Tourists
The USA has just approved a new rule governing tourism in the country. Under the new guidelines, travelers under the Visa Waiver Program risk being detained at airports and deported if they are noncompliant with the new system. The new system has an onimous name called ESTA [Electronic System for Traveler Authorization]. The new system [ESTA] mandates that the visitors from countries under the Visa Waiver Program must register online three days before departure. The Visa Waiver Program includes Australia, certain European Countries, and Japan. While its defenders have said that such a measure is needed to protect the country from a "terrorist threat", others have talked about the infringement of rights that exist in America. I tend to agree that such a requirement will make people think twice before visiting or investing in America. When the laws against terrorism went into effect in America, many businesses just simply stopped investing in America and have gone to greener pastures in other countries such as China, Vietnam, and Central Europe [Czech Republic, Poland, and the Baltic States]. I disagree with the law since the laws regarding border issues are contradictory. On the one hand, there is a requirement for Tourists and Potential Immigrants. On the other hand, there are two people whose names are Ramos and Compean who have been illegally punished for enforcing the rules governing immigration and border issues in America. Bush has refused to grant them pardons but pardoned others who have committed crimes such as counterfeiting and transporting illegal aliens. Whatever intention ESTA may have, it will make people think twice before investing in or visiting America.
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