Bowl preparations include passport confiscation to keep players out of Juarez
Oh no, I hope the players don’t read this article:
The Irish will head to Texas with no major injury issues.
“No ankles, no hamstrings,” Kelly said. “(Receiver Duval Kamara) has got a bit of a ligament, thumb … whatever they call it. We kept him out (of practice Tuesday). … I don’t see that to be a long-term problem.”
Kelly is also making sure there is no chance his players will wander into Juarez, Mexico, which is plagued by drug-related murders, by taking their passports.
“That’s serious. Don’t go over the border, or you may not come back, simply,” Kelly said. “Now I know El Paso is the safest city in the country, but it’s serious. This isn’t, ‘Hey, let’s give it a shot, guys, and jump in the car and see what it’s like.’ You can’t go there, or nobody is going to be able to help you. There’s just been too much turmoil. … You take the passports, they can’t get back. These guys are smart enough to know that.”
Millions enter lacking passports
More than 18 months after U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors were supposed to start enforcing stringent ID requirements at the nation’s land borders, millions of travelers are still being admitted without passports or other secure IDs, a new government audit shows.
In the first eight months after the requirements took effect, some 2.3 million travelers failed to provide proper paperwork at U.S. land ports of entry.