The following excerpt from a story on weapons being smuggled into Jamaica from the United States clearly shows how U.S. government border controls are not just a threat to undocumented migrants or organizations seeking to bring drugs into the U.S., but also pose a threat to the ability of U.S. residents to leave the country without exposing themselves to serious legal danger:
"'It's a massive problem,' said Leslie Green, a Jamaican assistant police commissioner. 'There aren't any checks or any controls on goods leaving the United States. Yet anything leaving here, we have to make sure it's double-checked and tripled-checked for drugs.'
This complaint -- that Americans care only what comes in, not what goes out -- echoes that of Mexican authorities, who say cars going from the U.S. into Mexico aren't searched for weapons or cash.
Now hundreds of agents are participating in a $95 million outbound inspection program, stopping suspicious-looking cars and trucks as they cross the border into Mexico."
Maybe you wanted some protection from the danger of violence and kidnapping while in Mexico on vacation, or maybe you were carrying a lot of cash with the intention to buy land or other investment there, but if you are stopped at the national border carrying cash or weapons, are you going to be able to prove you didn't intend to use them for "illegal" purposes? What if they just seize the materials and arrest you in the meantime? What if they don't find anything in your vehicle, and decide to plant something in order to fill their quota?
This state of affairs is a direct result of U.S. border control policy.
Love & Liberty,
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