Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Arizona Travel FAQ for Immigrants

I created the following document to describe the new requirements for non-citizens if they are traveling to Arizona. Please read carefully and let me know if you have any questions.

I'm planning to travel to Arizona. Do I need a passport?

Entry to Arizona: As of March 1, 2010, all non-U.S. citizens – including children -- must present a valid passport, book or card, for travel beyond the 'border zone' into the interior of Arizona. Entry by any means, for example by plane or car, is included in this requirement. The 'border zone' is generally defined as an area between 15 miles of the border with Mexico, depending on the location. Stays of less than 12 hours within the border zone do not require a visa or tourist card.

Non-U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the border zone or entering Arizona by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an AM-T, available from Arizona border crossing points, Arizona tourism offices, airports within the border zone and most airlines serving Arizona.

Upon arrival in Arizona, business travelers must complete and submit a form (Form AM-N 30 days) authorizing the conduct of business, but not employment, for a 30-day period. Travelers entering Arizona for purposes other than tourism or business or for stays of longer than 180 days require a visa and must carry a valid passport. Non-U.S. citizens planning to work or live in Arizona should apply for the appropriate visa at an Arizona tourism office.


Of course, I created this FAQ by copying Mexico's rules for Americans and then replacing the word Mexico with Arizona. The failed narco-terrorist state's regulations for immigrants -- Guatemalans, Ecuadorans, Panamanians, etc. -- are far more onerous than those of Arizona. In fact, Mexico deports significantly more immigrants than does the U.S.

The government's first responsibility is to protect its citizens. With violence, drug- and human-smuggling rife along the border, Democrats' efforts to demonize Arizona's defense of its citizens are beneath contempt.

Related: Mexico's Immigration Law.

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