Mods, I've tried to be discreet in my descriptions. Let me know if you're unhappy with my descriptions. According to article, visits by foreign tourists have fallen because they're not feeling welcome. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=071101203321.9b0hpiha&show_article=1 A year ago, I would have laughed at this article. But after taking 50 high-school students to Canada this past summer, and experiencing rude and vulgar treatment by the Border patrol in New York, I'm a believer. We were in 2 vans and 2 20+ passenger buses. The poorly marked lanes at the Niagra Falls border crossing said "Buses only." When the border agent boarded us, my pastor (who happened to be driving at the time...I was his reliever) said, "excuse me sir, I have a question." His words were, and I quote exactly: I was dumbfounded. We all were. Our church name was clearly marked on all vehicles, and we were in line together. In Canada, where we were treated civilly and professionally, we were told (at the border by the agents) to have all the paperwork at the front of every van. Going back into the states, Mister Jerk (the agent) said, when presented with the paperwork for our van (and I quote exactly): What a jerk. One of my kids said, "I want to go back to Canada. They respect people there." I emailed the TSA and border patrol. No response. Figures. Sad thing is...a year ago, I would have said, "No way we'd be treated this way." Guess I was wrong. :tear: I know 9/11 screwed stuff up...but why do we have people like that allowed to keep their jobs? I would have demanded an apology on the spot, but I didn't feel like being arrested and having all 50 kids in jail with me. Sad.