- Feb 24, 2011
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I'll be 100% honest... our news reports are full of articles about smartphone searches, people being interogated at the border about their beliefs and opinions, etc. CBP just isn't making it look friendly. And now you see the consequence.The slump has mainly hurt our visitors from Canada. We got hit 8 years ago when the US suddenly required passports to enter. Then the drop in the Canadian dollar two years hurt again.
But we've had a severe drop-off this year equal to the hit of both of those events, despite having great snow this season. What Canadian guests have come have been quite blunt with us: They feel that they are suddenly less welcome in the U.S. than they were previously, and there's a slight sense of fear about how they'll be treated at the border crossings.
It's real. And it's dangerous. And it's going to start costing jobs real soon..
Personally, I'm leaving on vacation at the end of the month, been planned for a long long time. I'll be in the USA for 4 hours (change of planes) on my way and I'm still uneasy, even though I have a clean record and I've been vetted by the FBI.
Articles like http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/immigration-rules-us-donald-trump-smartphone-is-your-passport-a7592741.html and please, do they really think that someone who wanted to do something nepharious is going to keep it on their phone, rather than simply relogin to a new phone and retrieve everything from the cloud?