For the purest of Libertarians, their answer would be that no nation should
limit the free travel and movement of individuals across borders. Such a conclusion is one of the best illustrations why theory
must be founded in reality, for it to have merit. If the optimum criteria is to postulate the best of all possible worlds,
you better locate to a fantasy planet where you are the sole monarch. In the real world, governments exist and operate by
their prime directive - to protect and preserve the STATE.
Attractive visions may appeal to dreamers, but pragmatic citizens want results.
As long as the nation state exists, the borders of its boundary are legitimate barriers to keep out undesirables. A society
that is unwilling to separate themselves from people who bear ill will, bring infectious disease, exhort political insurrection
or preach heterodoxy; doesn’t deserve to survive as a country. One of the few legitimate functions for a national government
is to secure entry into our territory, to acceptable visitors; and restrict all others.
Starting this week foreign visitors will be digitally fingerprinted and photographed
as part of a nationwide program to check their backgrounds and keep track of when they enter and leave the United States.
On the surface this looks like a necessary and desirable procedure. This procedure is the first phase of the Department of
Homeland Security's automated entry-exit system called the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology, or US-VISIT. Guests from foreign lands are not American citizens and have no preordained right to gain entry. But what requirements will
be instituted to restrict our fellow citizens from leaving the country?
In the article: The Papers We All Accept it is demonstrated that obtaining a U.S. passport is not considered to be a right and that a citizen does not have a free
and unencumbered right to travel outside the geographic borders of the U.S.; without the approval of the STATE. Thus, the
question that will likely go unasked in the mainstream media, examines if there are plans to require the same exist procedures
for American citizens?
According to the Department of State, the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Program has this function.
How it works: Exit
1) The exit procedures at airports and seaports will be phased in, becoming
operational in 2004.
2) At the international departure area, visitors will see automated, self-service
kiosks where they will be asked to scan their travel documents and repeat the fingerprinting process on the inkless device.
Attendants will be available to assist with the process.
3) The exit confirmation will be added to the visitor's travel records to
demonstrate compliance and record the individual's status for future visits to the United States.
Now the overwhelming vast majority of Americans will consider this program
to be prudent and needed. If there was confidence that this scanning procedure would be restrained from use on our own citizens,
few would raise an eyebrow. However, who among the traveling public resists walking through a metal detector? The habit of
allowing incremental programs becoming mandatory requirements is undeniable.
Before this issue becomes moot, a national debate would be healthy to define
the proper limits and emphasis for Homeland Defense. According to Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Border and Transportation Security: "And so by January 1st of next year, if a foreign
visitor, holding a visa, flies into Dulles or JFK, or LAX, or to another international airport, or arrives in one of our seaports,
the visitor's travel documents will be scanned, then once a photo and finger print are taken, the person will then be checked
against lists of those who should be denied entry for a whole variety of reasons, from terrorist connections to criminal violations,
or past visa violations. The information requested will include immigration and citizenship status, nationality, the country
of residence, and the person's address while in the United States. Incomplete information will no longer be good enough. In
99.9 percent of the cases, the visitor will simply be wished a good day and sent on their way. With that small percentage
of hits our country will be made much safer, and our immigration system will be given a foundation of integrity that has been
far too lacking."
If the intent of the federal government can be believed from this press
release, why doesn’t this program extend to all land border points? When asked by a reporter from Universal, Mexico
City . . . How long will it take for you to have this system in the borders, in land borders? - Mr Hutchinson replied: "Presently,
we have six million border crossing cards already in existence with our frequent border crossers from Mexico. These
are travel documents that have biometric features, fingerprints, photographs imbedded into the travel document. We hope that
that continues to expand even as we move toward a more comprehensive U.S. Visit system."