Is There a Trend in Nicaragua to Enforce Laws?
I am specifically talking about laws that may affect "us" more than the average Nicaraguan. We have recently seen:
- Enforcement of customs regulations, e.g., confiscation of seeds being imported without permits.
- Elimination of the $500 each six months allowance on imports duty-free.
- The requirement to be physically present in Immigration when submitting applications for residency.
- Not being able to register your car if you don't have a cédula.
I am sure there are more items for the list. All of these items really amount to no more than deciding to enforce existing laws rather than inventing new ones such as what Homeland Security seems to be doing in the US. But it a disturbing trend, particularly for those who came to Nicaragua years ago and got used to the exceptions.
We have had some bad Gringos so enforcement of the need for a valid visa or residency certainly can have a plus side. Good or bad? What do you think?