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Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412784
07/29/11 07:39 PM
07/29/11 07:39 PM
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San Pedro. Belize
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I find it hard to believe that anyone would object to being asked for id, if you travel anywhere in this world you will be asked for your ID. Most countries now require that all visitors carry some form of photo ID. I know that in Mexico you can be arrested for not carrying photo ID. Also in the US you can be detained if you cannot produce a photo ID.
I for one, would like to see a citizen photo ID card being issued to all Belizeans. We have some problems here with illegals living and working on the island, also I might add some Fugitives from the USA who come here because they think they will not be asked for ID.
I spoke to some people who were stopped at this check point, they all said it was no problem, in fact they seem to have enjoyed it, they said the people spoke to them in a very nice manner, even when some of the group did not have proper ID.

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Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412785
07/29/11 07:56 PM
07/29/11 07:56 PM
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San Pedro
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Thank you bywarren. I am sensible

Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: pamkillen] #412787
07/29/11 08:44 PM
07/29/11 08:44 PM
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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We went to see the USS Constitution in Bahston last week. When they asked for photo ID I realized my passport was in my hotel room and I had nothing with a photo but a business card. Before I even had a chance to pull it out they waived me in and we had the tour. Hmmmmmmm!

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Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412831
07/30/11 11:42 AM
07/30/11 11:42 AM
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PACWest, SACSouth
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Just a couple of quick thoughts. I dont think it's unreasonable, however my wife does. We have have had to undergo these checks in Mexico (even Cancun), Costa Rica, and frequently on the mainland of Belize along the main highways. If youre going to do it fairly you need to do it to everyone not just by profile. I would add that Israel that does profile but puts everyone through the same a basic check and then choses from among that basic check whom to profile and do more thoroughly. My US drivers license has always worked fine here in Belize, its plastic and I keep it in a velcro pocket of my trunks/shorts along with my daily spending money, I would never stash a copy of my passport in a glove box, or of any official ID for that matter. I think the average polite tourist or visitor (among whom I count myself because of my limited ownership time on the Caye) gets this and is okay with it. Besides, who knows, maybe they pickup the occasional bad guy as a result of shear stupidity on his/her part.

Its a different world out there than it was 10 years ago. I've experienced these kinds of checks all over the world most of my life; I experienced it when i lived in Europe in the 60's. It's just popping up in places it hasn't before. Things change, and sometimes change is a pain in the ass to accept.

Last edited by Bear; 07/30/11 11:52 AM.
Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412845
07/30/11 03:23 PM
07/30/11 03:23 PM
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Ok, I'm convinced, I'll carry ID. But, I'm still not sure whether I have to carry my passport. I am really not comfortable not having it locked up.

If I am only carrying a copy, Immigration won't be able to tell if I've overstayed my visa or not.

Are they insisting on a passport?????

Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412846
07/30/11 03:30 PM
07/30/11 03:30 PM
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Northern California
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What is wrong with being asked to produce ID if it serves the greater good? Boy...I would love to see the great State of California implement this plan. If you are not there legally, you shouldn't be allowed to be there. Our moron, buffoon Governor Brown just signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants access to college grants. Unbelievable.

Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: LaurieMar] #412851
07/30/11 04:30 PM
07/30/11 04:30 PM
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HA! Texas is looking better all the time !

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Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: LaurieMar] #412852
07/30/11 04:48 PM
07/30/11 04:48 PM
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yes, I have no problem with being asked for an ID. I would love to see all the States institute ID checks. Especially at the polls in the USA. wink

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Re: Immigration Conducts Surprise Checkpoint [Re: Marty] #412854
07/30/11 05:11 PM
07/30/11 05:11 PM
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Posts: 4,672
Northern California
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E, I vote for Governor Perry as the next U.S President...but then what would the State of Texas do without him? He rocks!

Back to thread subject: I doubt most tourists carry around their passport. I never have, but always carry my picture ID, it just doesn't make common sense not to have some type of identification on you whereever you are in the world.

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