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movie_girl99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-14-06 09:03 AM
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11. my husband had a scary experience
he was in Caribou, Maine on business. He is from England but has lived here for 7 years and we've been married for 6. He has his permanent resident card but at that time didn't carry it for fear of losing it (it took an act of god and several thousand dollars to get). At the airport in Maine on his way back home he was asked if he was an American and he said " no, but I live in America" he was asked to show his card. He explained that he didn't carry it for fear of losing it and they immediately took him to a room with two armed guys and questioned him. They called INS to verify his status and warned him that he was breaking the law by not carrying his card and he could be jailed but they let him off with a warning. He was scared shit less but managed to get on the flight that was delayed in leaving because of him. This was in the US but he was told by the friends he was traveling with that they were very cautious up there because the 9-11 terrorist came that way.
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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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