Yes, let's shut the borders, recoup, and take this country back! I AM MAD EDDIE, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE! I was on Christmas vacation on Gran Canaria Island, Spain. When I attempted to return to the United States of America - I ran into trouble with the immigration! It was the Spaniards at Madrid International Airport, who manhandled my Passport trying to scan it so badly, that the page with the picture, name and who you are, almost fell off. The scanning device ripped the page half off, it hung on by a thread! A great conversation took place amongst the Airport Officials. It was decided that my Passport was invalid, and I would not be permitted to enter my flight! WHAT!?? We 'conversed' back and forward for 20 minutes - logic did not apply here: just because it was their machine, and their airport worker that damaged my Passport did not matter, my papers were not in order! (Sounded very Marxist) I was to leave the line, go obtain a valid Passport from the US Embassy and re-book my flight! (It was Saturday) They refused to call the Embassy, because it was Saturday. "Please return with valid papers". I stepped aside, Googled the US Embassy Spain on my SmartPhone, called the Emergency number, got a LIVE AMERICAN on the line. I explained what happened, by this time my voice was shaky and I was about to cry. The Embassy Officer named Tara, said to me: " Don't worry. I will help you. You are in American hands now. I will send an Officer there to help you right now. Don't worry, we will take care of this". 20 minutes later: US Embassy Officer and a Uniformed US MARINE Guard came up to me, calmed me down, and walked me to the front of the line. A very short conversation took place; most of the talking was done by the US Officer. The Spaniards listened. Heads low. My Passport was re-scanned by a small handheld scanner, that the US Officer produced from his briefcase. That was it. I was escorted to the plane by the US MARINE Guard!!! WOW! Imagine the looks I got!!! I was escorted to first class by the Head Stewart of my flight. I had been booked on the regular shitty-seats in the back. WOW AGAIN! IT'S GREAT TO BE AN AMERICAN!!!! Let's keep it that way!