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What are the primary objections Democrats have to a border wall?

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 ...
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Why is China interested in Socotra Rock?

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 ...
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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?

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 ...
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What is the evidence that customs checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence?

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 ...
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Unclaimed pieces of land

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 ...
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Can a country block its airspace to international civil flights without any reason?

Yes, overflight is a privilege, not a right. A denial might cause the victims to retaliate in a similar manner, by restricting overflights or other things which are not a right. These are for example ...
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

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 ...
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What explanation do proponents of a Scotland-NI bridge give for it breaking Brexit impasse?

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 ...
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Unclaimed pieces of land

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 ...
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

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 ...
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What explanation do proponents of a Scotland-NI bridge give for it breaking Brexit impasse?

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: ...
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Can a country block its airspace to international civil flights without any reason?

It depends - if country 'Y' is one of the 134 parties to the International Air Services Transit Agreement, then the first article of that agreement grants scheduled air flights the privilege to fly ...
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Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists?

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 F&...
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Is French Guiana a (hard) EU border?

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 ...
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Why are passengers inspected so thoroughly for drugs when most drugs enter through ports and the majority of shipping containers aren't controlled?

Passengers are not routinely screened for drugs Normal passenger screening is to detect explosives and weapons, not drugs. That said, if you have two slabs of cocaine in your carry on, the x-ray ...
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Why wasn't Point Roberts given an exception to the Canada-US border closure?

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 ...
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Why hasn't Kamala Harris visited the US-Mexico Border?

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 ...
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Why don't countries agree to make Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) binding?

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 ...
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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?

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 "...
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What are the primary objections Democrats have to a border wall?

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 ...
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To what degree were families separated in the US - Mexico border before Trump?

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 ...
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Will there be a border between Ireland and the UK if they can't agree on a deal?

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 ...
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Is the EU Border Guard Agency able to tell Russian passports issued in Ukraine or Georgia from the legitimate ones?

It does not matter. While I am not privy to the technical details of passport processing, my guess is that the answer to your stated question is 'NO'. After all, we are not talking about counterfeits ...
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Why is the town of Olivenza not as heavily politicized as other territorial disputes?

It is very difficult to look at a real world event, with the tons of factors influencing them, and to cathegorically decide which are the important ones, so any answer might be very opinated. So I ...
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How is the excise border managed in Ireland?

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, ...
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Is there a radar system monitoring the UK sea borders?

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 ...
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Have issues surrounding the Northern Ireland border been resolved?

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 ...
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Why don't countries agree to make Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) binding?

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 ...
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Are there any official borders between continents?

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 ...
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Unclaimed pieces of land

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 ...
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