If you are an American citizen, and you should go across a border into another country, say Canada, because you thought it was high time to go visit EchoMouse, and you left Toronto thinking you could get back into the United States using your driver's license, you are in for a surprise. You're not getting back in without your passport now. it's the law. Take a cruise to Southern Carribean, go ashore in Mexico and Aruba, etc. you aren't coming home without your passport. Take a cruise to Southern Carribean, go ashore in Mexico and Aruba, etc. you aren't coming home without your passport. Claudia goes swimming in Santa Barbara to get closer pictures of the baby seals, and gets washed away. Matt rushes to her rescue, naturally, and they both end up ashore in Mexico. Fortunately, Connie Chavez works for Matt, and quite simply can accomplish things that your ordinary Ambassador cannot, so an international incident was narrowly avoided.
The moral of the story, get your passport now, and don't be sorry later. Not everyone can be as lucky as Claudia to have a friend like Matt as a friend.