Is this fence to keep Mexicans out or Americans in?
That was what I was wondering the other day when my US passport renewal was denied.
A few weeks ago I submitted my paperwork for renewal, and it turns out that the passport office made a mistake 10 years ago that I had to pay for. 10 years earlier they mistakenly gave me a passport that said I was born in North Carolina, instead of South Carolina. I was able to use that passport with no problem for almost 10 years. But when I went to renew… denied!
This should have been a pretty insignificant issue, but apparently they take that stuff seriously. So in order to get my passport I had to obtain and submit an official certified version of my birth certificate. Do you have one of those lying around?
Well surprisingly I did, and was able to fill out the proper forms and re submit right away….
BUT in the meantime I had a situation in Panama that required my attention. I needed to deal with some business at my house but I could not get down there to deal with it. I was totally trapped. Trapped in my own country. I wanted to go take care of some business at a house that I own but the government said NO.
I felt almost panic. This was a terrible. This was when I began to wonder if the fence and immigration measures are constructed to keep people out or to keep us in. The idea that I was not allowed to go to my house was infuriating. I felt like I was being unfairly punished by bully parents. The government said “Stay in your room until I say so”
OK, I’ll readily admit I have always had a very hard time with authority. I do not like being told what I can and cannot do. I do not like being told where I can and cannot go. But here I was helpless.
Let me tell you “That helpless feeling sucks ass!” So I have moved the second passport project higher on my list. I learned that even if you have permanent residency in a country, if you cannot get there it does you no good whatsoever, unless of course you want to climb a fence.
So, do you need a second passport? You might.