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tl;dr Hitting the pedestrians is a separate crime, even if they shouldn't be there. Background On a highway, you might have a legal right of way and therefore a claim against the pedestrians for failing to yield. Since the states (and not the federal government) own and operate the interstate highway system, your specific answer depends on the state law. ...


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Powers What power do I have as a driver if my interstate route is blocked by a protest? As an ordinary citizen, no powers in most jurisdictions. You have the right to report obstruction of the highway to the local police. You likely have the right to sue those people if you have evidence of significant harm they have caused you. Right to Obstruct I ...


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Let's explore this idea of "ethically no one has the right to obstruct my travel". Do you have the right to go anywhere you want whenever you want? Can you just walk over a national border as you please, and no one dare challenge your presence in another country? Can you walk onto a military base unobstructed? Through your neighbor's property (unless you're ...


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It looks to me like this is authorized under New York State's Executive Law Section 24. The text is long, but I think it addresses most of the points in your question. The law allows the chief executive of a local government (e.g. mayor of a city) to declare a local state of emergency "in the event of a disaster, rioting, catastrophe, or similar public ...


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Your main power as a US citizen is to politically persuade lawmakers to do something to guarantee your unimpeded use of the roads in a legally-defined manner (i.e. you can't expect legislation to abolish rush hour traffic). You can call the police, in case they haven't been called. You can video anyone that you want. What you may not do is speed up and plow ...


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You can do whatever you like as long as it's legal. Broadly speaking, one person carrying out an illegal action (like blocking a road) does not justify an illegal action by another (like striking them with a car).


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Citizens likely have an absolute right to enter the US. This hasn't been addressed directly by the Supreme Court, but here are some cases that come close. The Fifth Circuit, in William Worthy, Jr. v. US, 328 F.2d 386 (5th Cir. 1964): We think it is inherent in the concept of citizenship that the citizen, when absent from the country to which he owes ...


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There is a legal requirement for US citizens to have a US passport when entering and leaving the US, though there are some exceptions. (The exceptions mostly concern other kinds of documents that are acceptable when traveling by land or sea to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean.) The law is 8 USC 1185(b): (b) Citizens Except as otherwise provided by ...


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It appears that the "leading" source of Freedom of Movement is the Privileges and Immunities Clause (Art. IV, S.2 , Cl. 1) of the US Constitution, that "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States". See Crandall v. State of Nevada, 73 US 35: "We are all citizens of the United States, and as ...


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The term for intentionally driving a vehicle into a person who is blocking the path of your vehicle (regardless of whether you have the right of way) is vehicular assault and it's not something you want to be charged with. Tow operators can tell you all about it because they run into it quite often when they, or the person who called them, is preventing the ...


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As I said in my comments, "It was your choice to ask for a refund because you chose to assess the events as a safety risk to yourself and the airline." The airline did not assess a risk and as a result cancel the flight and issue refunds. The airline did not disregard advisories or laws pertaining to the terrorist acts that took place and result in legal ...


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You got an entry stamp, not a visa stamp. A US visa (aka "visa stamp") is a physical sticker that you have to go to a US consulate to apply for, which takes up one page of your passport and says "US Visa" on it. Canadian citizens do not need or get US visas to travel to the US for most types of nonimmigrant statuses, including as a visitor. US citizens are ...


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You have the right to withhold this information; they have the right to withhold a passport. You do not have a right to a passport; it is a privilege and that privilege may be withdrawn at the discretion of the State Department for all sorts of reasons. As a US citizen you have a right to travel within the US; you don't need any papers for this. However, ...


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General arguments concerning travel vs. obstruction: I can imagine an abundance of situations where not only people have an ethical right to block an interstate, but actually have an ethical obligation. From a utilitarian point of view this would be the case any time a higher good than your (undisputed) right to use the interstate is at stake. Some examples ...


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You will probably not be allowed to enter the United States if your visa is expired. Sometimes foreign student advisors at a college or an immigration attorney will know how to expedite the process to get it renewed in time. Also, sometimes the offeror of a scholarship can move it back to accommodate your inability to get a timely visa renewal, assuming ...


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Very few terms have a single "legal" definition or meaning that applies to all laws, and can be looked up as if in a dictionary. Rather, when a specific meaning is needed in connection with a particular law, that law will include a definition. But that definition will often not apply to the use of the same term in other laws or other contexts. Here I ...


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So why are Amish people not required to register their "vehicle," and to have a driver's license when driving on public roads? The Texas registration requirement in Texas is at Sec. 502.040. REGISTRATION REQUIRED; GENERAL RULE: a) Not more than 30 days after purchasing a vehicle or becoming a resident of this state, the owner of a motor vehicle, trailer, ...


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TSA states TSA does not prohibit photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or sensitive information is not revealed. Interference with screening includes but is not limited to holding a recording device up to the face of a TSA officer so that the officer is unable to ...


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This FAQ from the US embassy in Korea explains all of the concerns that a Korean-American might have. If you have a Korean lational parent, you are automatically Korean. Before March 31 of the year you turn 18, you must renounce your Korean citizenship, lest you be then subject to the military service law. If you were a Korean citizen and then gained another ...


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Is it legal to cross the channel in a private rowing boat or sailing boat? Yes. Can he land on any old beach, or does he have to go to a port to identify himself? It depends. Who is on board, where did they come from, what have they got in their pockets, etc. This may be helpful Notice 8: sailing your pleasure craft to and from the UK When ...


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This has been addressed over at Travel StackExchange: Does one need a visa to visit Antarctica? and Non-AT country citizen visiting Antarctica by non-AT country registred vessel (yacht) — do I need a permit and why? To summarize and expand on those two links: If your home country is a signatory of the Antarctic Treaty, or your expedition departs from ...


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There are no EU rules on whether and under which conditions unaccompanied minors are allowed to travel, and the competence hence rests with the Member States. You are probably more proficient with Slovak rules on the matter, but judging by the information provided by the UK Government, there should be no regulatory hassle. The most probable source of ...


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You've asked a two part question. [Is this a violation of] the international policy that a country should never refuse entry to verified citizens of their own? In considering that question, the US example may be illuminative. The US requires US citizens to have a "passport book" when flying into the US, even though the US issues "passport cards" that ...


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In the U.S., at least through the end of the twentieth century, there were SCI clearances for which personnel were required to notify the relevant program agency in advance of any foreign travel. I think this may still apply to people in the PRP. (More than once I heard a joke was that this was so that if a transport they were on was hijacked the U.S. ...


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First, the right to travel is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution. The right exists under the Privileges and Immunity Clause which states "The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States." Since Corfield v. Coryell, 6 Fed. Cas. 546 (1823) freedom of movement has been captured by this ...


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The US Embassy has a page on Ukrainian visitors to the US: Who needs a visa? Ukrainian citizens require a visa to enter the United States. Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need a visa if their passport meets certain requirements. So no, you don't need an invitation. You need a visa.


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Regulations pertaining to employment for people without permanent resident status can be found here. A minor can travel to the US, but may require a visa: EU nationals are eligible for the visa waiver program, but that precludes for-credit study or employment, and if you're been in certain countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen) since ...


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Might depend on where you are. I think it's illegal in North Korea. In the US, it is legally encouraged, by the Commercial Space Launch Act of 1984, especially the part that says "Congress declares that the general welfare of the United States requires that the Administration seek and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of ...


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Forget it. All-terrain vehicles (aka four-wheelers) aren't allowed on public streets and highways (with rare exceptions). And they still have to be registered and insured (unless you operate it exclusively on private land). There is a special registration class for agricultural and farm vehicles such as tractors, but it is only allowed if you actually ...


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There is no risk to getting an Irish passport. If at some point in the future they did decide to introduce conscription or tried to apply taxes to you (extremely unlikely) you could simply destroy it and renounce any Irish citizenship. The law on this subject is well developed due to the open Irish border and many people who already have dual citizenship. ...


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