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Susan asks…

How much did it cost the American taxpayer to send Obama’s daughter and her friends to Mexico?

Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, and twelve of her friends were treated to a Spring break vacation in Mexico. Along with the 13 girls there were 25 Secret Service Agents that went along. How much do you think this little vacation cost the American tax payer?

Tijuana answers:

Given the circumstances of a poor distressed nation, this trip appears to be rather poor thinking on the part of Obama or a blatant “who gives a sh*t” attitude.

This probably won’t stay on here long since much is being deleted on Yahoo. Rarely do I agree with Rick Santorum, but he has a point with addressing the kiddie vacation story.

“An AFP report that President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia, is spending spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico appears to have been completely scrubbed from the Internet news sites that first reported it. Pictures have appeared in Mexican magazine Quié allegedly showing Malia visiting Oaxaca.
AFP, the French news agency, first reported around mid-day Monday that Malia Obama was vacationing in Mexico with 12 friends under the protection of 25 Secret Service agents and a number of local police officers. (RELATED: More in Politics)
The International Business Times reported that “the group arrived in Oaxaca on Saturday and reportedly visited the architectural site of Mitla.”
The Department of Public Safety, a Texas law enforcement agency, issued a warning on Tuesday against students celebrating their spring breaks in violence-torn Mexico. The Huffington Post reported that in February, the United States State Department “recommended that Americans avoid travel to all or parts of 14 or 31 Mexican states. It’s the widest travel advisory issued by the U.S. Since Mexico stepped up its drug war in 2006.”

“Since the story was first reported, it appears to have been scrubbed from a number of news outlets. The Huffington Post, International Business Times, The Australian, The Telegraph and Global Grind have all removed the article. AFP, which initially reported the story, now links to an unrelated story on “Sengalese superstar Youssou Ndour.”

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Drudge has two links to stories about Melia spring breaking in Mexico, but as of 8 pm EST one links to “Page Not Found”, the other to a totally unrelated story. A Google search of news for “Melia Mexico” returns a variety of news story links, all of which return simliar 404 page not found or totally unrelated story results. The only actual link I found still working was for the Edmonton News. Need further proof our news is being scrubbed?”

William asks…

How strict are the border rules for US citizens visiting Mexico?

A couple friends and I are visiting Mexico via walking across the border through San Diego tomorrow, and while I know that you don’t need a passport until 2008 (possibly 2009)…is a birth certificate absolutely neccesary for entry?

Tijuana answers:

EDIT: The one thing I never did was go right to the heart of your question. I have heard two different stories on this issue of re-entry into the U.S. From Mexico.

1) just have some form of government issued I.D. (such as your driver’s license)–this seems to be what is ok for now from what I have read and heard. You may also need:
2) your birth certificate (this may or may not be true)–best bet, contact your senator’s office or I.N.S. At 1-800-375-5283.

Check out the last link I have provided since it says that by June of 2009 you will need a passport to drive, walk or go by cruise liner into Mexico.

Best bet is to contact Senator Leahy (since there is a link in the last link I have provided concerning what he has proposed). Or you can put in a search engine (yahoo, google, etc.) the Leahy-Stevens Amendment.

The following info is from the government website link I have provided.

If you decide upon traveling to Mexico and come back before the start of next year, all you need is your driver’s license (unless you go by flying, I do believe you will need a passport).

Once the New Year kicks in, the following information is what you will need.You will be able to use a Trusted Traveler Card or a passport to re-enter the U.S. (if you plan on staying into the summer months of 2008).

If you come back before the summer of 2008, here is what you will need:

JANUARY 31, 2008
U.S. And Canadian citizens will need to present either a WHTI-compliant document (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative), or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, plus proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. DHS also proposes to begin alternative procedures for U.S. And Canadian children at that time.

If you come back during the summer of 2008 (at a time to be determined by the DHS), you will need the following (and passports won’t be the only method by which you can re-enter the U.S.)

At a later date, to be determined, the departments will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. Citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have either a U.S. Passport; a U.S. Passport card; a trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI; a valid Merchant Mariner Document (MMD) when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business; or a valid U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders.

The implementation date will be determined based on a number of factors, including the progress of actions undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security to implement the WHTI requirements and the availability of WHTI compliant documents on both sides of the border. DHS and DOS expect the date of full WHTI implementation to be in the summer of 2008. The precise implementation date will be formally announced with at least 60 days notice.

George asks…

Where can I find information on current Native American reservations in Mexico?

I have searched on Google maps and searched Mexican government sites. Any ideas on where they are?

Tijuana answers:

As far as i know there are no reservations as such in mexico. The native peoples live either in jungle regions, mountains or in small towns outside the larger cities. There is no reservation system in mexico.

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