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gaspee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-14-06 08:38 AM
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6. Let me guess...
You're white? And "All American" looking?

When I used to frequently cross the US/Mexico border (Presidio into and out of Ojinaga or just driving across the river) my friend and I, two blond, female Americans never, ever, ever got stopped and searched - for drugs or whatever) but if we had our friend Octavia with us, who had more money than us and whose family had been in the US going back to Alamo times.
And if we had male friends with us, we were stopped. Even though one was a parmedic and the other a National park worker. I think it was the dreadlocks with those two, though, not that they were male. But just the two of us white, female, "All-American" chicas, never stopped.

Funny how that works, isn't it?
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  -Crossing the Canadian Border... MrsGrumpy  Sep-14-06 07:48 AM   #0 
  - It's random except for specific profiles - young men...  MookieWilson   Sep-14-06 07:51 AM   #1 
  - And yet my sister in law, who could have been easily "profiled"  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 07:53 AM   #2 
     - ALL border people under estimate women as potentially....  MookieWilson   Sep-14-06 07:55 AM   #3 
     - Only the Northern border  Horse with no Name   Sep-14-06 08:46 AM   #9 
     - It's not wide open  warrens   Sep-14-06 09:57 AM   #21 
        - It is wide open. I have lived here in Michigan for 24 years and traveled  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 10:15 AM   #25 
  - I went up to Toronto a few days after the terrorist plot...  terrya   Sep-14-06 07:57 AM   #4 
  - That is exactly how I felt.  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 08:00 AM   #5 
  - Let me guess...  gaspee   Sep-14-06 08:38 AM   #6 
  - I would agree with you if my sister in law wasn't dark and sitting in  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 08:42 AM   #7 
  - I cross often and I find the same thing  MaineDem   Sep-14-06 08:45 AM   #8 
  - Amazing, eh?  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 08:57 AM   #10 
  - my husband had a scary experience  movie_girl99   Sep-14-06 09:03 AM   #11 
  - I am glad your husband was not detained any longer than that.  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 09:35 AM   #15 
  - Have your husband make a photocopy and carry the card all the time....  truebrit71   Sep-14-06 09:38 AM   #19 
     - he is never without it now  movie_girl99   Sep-14-06 09:52 AM   #20 
        - Yup, the INS guys can be such welcoming bastards to us immigrants....  truebrit71   Sep-14-06 10:02 AM   #22 
           - tell me about it  movie_girl99   Sep-14-06 10:15 AM   #24 
  - Checked every time  Avis   Sep-14-06 09:18 AM   #12 
  - It seems funny to me, but they used to seem tighter in the 80's than  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 09:35 AM   #16 
  - I've had experiences that run the  jimshoes   Sep-14-06 09:29 AM   #13 
  - I'm a "live free or die" kind of girl, so the terror thing doesn't bother  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 09:36 AM   #17 
  - They probably ran you through a data base though  Zensea   Sep-14-06 09:32 AM   #14 
  - They had nothing to "run through" though. They didn't ask my name  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 09:38 AM   #18 
     - who knows then, maybe a retinal scan  Zensea   Sep-14-06 10:04 AM   #23 
     - They always type in your car's license #  bif   Sep-14-06 10:24 AM   #27 
  - Just the opposite for us  bif   Sep-14-06 10:22 AM   #26 
     - I gotta disagree bif. I am never relaxed at the border and I don't know  MrsGrumpy   Sep-14-06 11:06 AM   #28 

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