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It's not clear to me that Democrats are opposed to border-wall construction (your one source suggests they are fine with border walls/fences where necessary), so much as they opposed to some of the plans for full-border walls that have been put forth so far. Recently, in response to reports that the spending bill would include funding for a border wall, 5 ...


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The Chinese government has spent the last decade and more very actively pursuing the extension of their territorial waters into what is commonly accepted to be international waters, or even the territorial waters of other sovereign nations. Mostly within the South China Sea. They do this by arbitrarily claiming islands, or by creating artificial islands ...


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Central America-4 Border Control Agreement is probably an example of what you are searching for. Is a treaty between 4 Central American countries that allows the free movement across borders. They also have a common-design passport: El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Further details on Wikipedia page - it even mentions the similarity to the Schengen ...


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There is indeed a small patch of land between Egypt and Sudan not claimed by any country: Bir Tawil. It is essentially a patch of desert in the middle of nowhere with no inhabitants, no infrastructure and no known natural resources. The reason is a border dispute between Egypt and Sudan about the nearby Hala'ib Triangle. The borders as stated by the two ...


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New here, but there's a misconception in your question. The worry over the border isn't about some trade disputes and companies turning ugly over tariffs; this is about the establishment of any border at all between 2 regions of Ireland. I definitely can't go into all the details but here's a reference to the Wikipedia on The Troubles which is central to ...


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It is essentially not allowed. States may not usurp the federal power over immigration. State attempts to regulate concurrently in a field already occupied by a federal statute have been struck down under the doctrine of preemption. In Hines v. Davidowitz (1941), for example, the Court held that the Federal Alien Registration Act preempted Pennsylvania ...


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The "border in the Irish Sea" refers to a regulatory border, namely a customs border, that would require customs inspections of vehicles traveling between Northern Ireland and rest of the United Kingdom. More specifically, it refers to a plan to have Northern Ireland be a separate customs territory from the rest of the UK so it can remain in the EU customs ...


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On the border between Croatia and Serbia, near the border with Hungary, there's a small (7 km2), uninhabited area called Siga which is claimed by neither Croatia nor Serbia, though it's under control of Croatia. Like the case mentioned by Philipp, this is again a border dispute where the 'real deal' is about more (valuable) land and this small piece of land ...


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In addition to the issue David S identifies: Cost. Texas has a state budget that runs about $108B/year. Cost estimates for a border wall vary a lot, but the most recent request to Congress from the Office of Management and Budget works out to ~$24.4 million per mile. Even if the state decides it only needs a few hundred miles of wall construction (perhaps ...


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I'm not sure the DUP has actually said something like that. Channel4 may have misinterpreted the following not-so-recent statement of Paul Girvan, MP for South Antrim and DUP transport spokesperson: As we leave the European Union, the DUP has been clear that there should be no border erected down the Irish Sea. Instead of placing barriers between parts of ...


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For Irish Nationalists, the Irish state is composed of all 32 counties on the island of Ireland. The nationalist view is that 6 of these are currently occupied by the British (see Why don't Sinn Féin take their seats in the UK parliament?), while 26 are governed from Dublin. The legitimacy of the Dublin government is a point of contention among ...


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Customs in French Guiana Yes, it is an external border for the purpose of EU common external customs tariffs. According to the EU's page on Territorial status of EU countries and certain territories It is a territory of the EU, EU customs rules do apply, EU VAT rules do not apply, and Excise rules do not apply either. The New York Times has an article ...


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This Q has it backwards, the economy of Point Roberts collapsed because Canadians couldn't travel to Point Roberts, not because Point Roberts residents could not travel to Canada... Apparently a lot the Point Roberts economy was based on price/tax differences, e.g. one Point Roberts store owner complains that: "When you have a 38,000-square foot store ...


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This question, or something similar, has been put to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki a number of times over the past couple of months. The common theme of the responses is that VP Harris' brief is more to do with addressing the root cause of migrants arriving at the border at the source - by engaging with political leaders in Northern Triangle ...


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You're mentioning the US stance on this but generally speaking the US is not so high on reciprocity and they have enough clout to demand or get away with things they wouldn't tolerate, from access to airspace to inspections of sensitive sites, intervention in various matters in other countries, or even clandestine or special military operations. If one of ...


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As a Democrat, here are some of my objections: Mexico is not paying for it. He promised they would; now he is demanding funds from Congress (tax-dollars). It is Impractical At estimates around $25 Million per mile, over extremely difficult and sensitive terrain, construction is impractical. A lot of the land is owned by private individuals and would have ...


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Previous administrations, and the Trump administration until a few months ago, had a policy where only some people caught crossing the border illegally would be subjected to criminal prosecution (like people who were repeat offenders or who had a criminal record). Instead, most people just went through civil deportation proceedings. This changed a few ...


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Common Travel Area United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands. CARICOM Not quite sure if it is "no stamps" or "no checks." GCC Not quite sure if it is "no stamps" or "no checks."


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Simple reason: precedent. If USA supports such a border rewrite, what's left for it to do when Mexicans in South-West decide to secede (or, in a less likely scenario, The South Rises Again :)? If Russia supports such a border rewrite, what's left for it to do when Chechnya, or Yakutia, or Tatarstan decide to secede? If China supports such a border ...


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It is not WTO rules which require a hard border, it is regulatory divergence. There will be a border in any scenario short of Irish unification. The Good Friday agreement says that it will be a soft border without intrusive limits and controls on cross-border traffic and commerce. Such a soft border is only practical if the rules on both sides of the ...


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Because trying to redraw the border would just start the next round of wars. Most ethnic groups overlap their neighbors -- especially when countries have large capitals or ports that attract people from all over the country. And even where ethnic groups have well-defined limits to the area they currently occupy, they often remember ancient times when they ...


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The UK and Ireland are both part of the EU Single Market and the Common Travel Area. Hence there is no excise duty on goods crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and citizens of UK and the Republic are free to cross the border without stopping. Update: There is a difference in fuel duty between NI and the Republic, and ...


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Both Glorfindel and Philipp give examples of unclaimed lands (Siga and Bir Tawil). These types of land are called "terra nullius" and are often sparsely populated and lack mineral resources. Today there are only three terrae nullius: Siga, Bir Tawil and Antarctica. Currently the only official terra nullius is Antarctica because the other two are claimed by ...


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Through Her Majesty's Coastguard, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency operates some vessels that have radar. Its vessels range from rigid-hulled inflatable boats to five cutters it claims are operated on a 24 hour day, 365 days a year basis (although at times some of the cutters have not been available page 59). The MCA also operates some helicopters and ...


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The Irish Border issue has been temporarily resolved to the point at which the negotiations can proceed. When she was negotiating May described creating a border down the Irish Sea as something that no British Prime Minister could accept. Boris Johnson accepted it. That satisfied the EU, but not many in Northern Ireland. The border in the Irish Sea will ...


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The ADIZ is simply a unilaterally established set of procedures followed by one country's air defense forces, and does not have to be "accepted" by other countries if they are prepared to have their aircraft intercepted. The keyword is unilaterally. Countries are free to declare whatever air defense identification zone they want. Indeed, you can ...


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Precedent suggests that this would require Pennsylvania and New Jersey to consent, with the approval of Congress; Philadelphia would have absolutely no legal say in the matter, although it would be exceedingly unlikely that they would be kicked out without their consent. City Philadelphia's powers are those granted by its charter, which are those of local ...


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No, there are no official borders between continents. There are several things to consider here in terms of what defines "continents": Cultural and ethnic matters, those purely on the "human" point of view Technical point of view, purely natural and geographical Politically, continental borders have, in some places, been arbitrarily decided without ...


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The Vatican is internationally recognized as a independent state. However it is very small (0.44 square km) and does not a have visible border with Italy/Rome. Everybody can walk freely between the two areas. Italian police even have full authority on public grounds in the Vatican.


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Mercosur! It stands for Mercado común del Sur (or Southern Common Market). It is a union of 4 South American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and Associated States (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). Its purpose is to promote free trade and the fluid movement of goods, people, and currency. Personally, I have crossed the Brazil-...


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