I ‘ve always hated the process entering the US, where the immigration and customs policies seem to be more Soviet-Russia-Bureaucracy than Land-Of-The-Free, but since I got my Green Card it’s been a little better.Â At least now there aren’t forms to fill out beforehand, and I can use the faster-moving citizens line (and when I’m travelling with Jay, we can at least line up together). But one of Bush’s midnight regulations might make things worse again.Â Starting two days from now, Green Card holders will be treated just like any other alien,Â and will have to be fingerprinted and photographed upon entry.
DHS said all “aliens” in the U.S. are subject to the biometric requirements of the US-VISIT program, and that lawful permanent residents â€“ even though their backgrounds have been thoroughly examined — are technically still considered aliens.
“US-VISIT enables DHS to determine if an LPR seeking entry has been convicted of any crime that would render him or her subject to removal from the United States,” says the final rule.
Great.Â I worry enough about speeding fines and parking tickets enough as it is, without making it ammunition for a surly border guard.Â And then there’s this:
LPRs have generally been allowed to use the line designated for “U.S. Citizens” when they arrive on an international flight at a U.S. airport, and this treatment is likely to continue, but that doesn’t give the two groups identical rights, says DHS. “This accommodation does not mean that LPRs are, or will otherwise be treated as, United States citizens,” says the final rule.
I mean, come on. I pay taxes.Â I contribute to society. I’m a good
citizen legal permanent resident. The least you can do is let me enter the country in the company of my husband.
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