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Old 05-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Harrassed by the Border Patrol today.

Traveling East just out of El Paso Texas on I10 today when we had to stop at a border patrol check point. When we pulled up to the agent we were told to pull over as their dog supposedly alerted to drugs in our motorhome. The wife and I were asked to exit the motorhome separated and questioned while four agents and a dog inspected the inside of our coach. They kept asking if we were citizens and that we needed to be truthful or things would go bad for us. This was a total BS stop as we are as white as can be and were born and raised in the US. At 66 the only drugs we carry are for blood pressure and diabetes, if their dog was alerting on that they better retrain him. I felt like asking the agent questioning me if he was a citizen as he was most noticeably of Mexican decent but I knew doing so would just prolong the search as you never want to flunk the attitude test. I wonder how many illegal's snuck into the US while they were screwing with us. Our government at work as usual.

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Old 05-16-2012, 12:17 AM   #2
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Went through 2 this weekend driving from Houston to Anaheim. At the first they asked me if I was a US citizen, where I was going and where I had come from and was anyone else in the MH. THe 2nd one they just waved me through. Go figure.

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think you have it bad?? I got turned away at our border ..in Victoria ..Canada ..by a [moderator edit] homeland border guard..my crime ? an old Harley and family heading to a weekend in the US .. being honest is not a good thing with those twits..good thing is I am learning a lot more about Canada .. and Mexico ..the Bahama's ...places that don't look at canada as a bunch of turban twister terrioest's ..crap I can't even spell it.. anyway your welcome to come up here anytime ,, just not sure if they will let you go back home ...
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:43 AM   #4
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you do know that after they ask if your a citizen and you answer
you are not required to give your itinerary.

you get lots more sugar with flies than with vinegar

we stop each time we come up from La Feria south texas....
each time they ask if we us citizens and then they say have a nice day.
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Old 05-16-2012, 03:53 AM   #5
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I read that the TSA is, at certain airports, trying the casual screening process. They ask where are you going, what do you plan to do there & a variety of other questions. I'd like to say none of your damn business but I suspect I would be missing my flight that day.
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:01 AM   #6
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The TSA is an entirely different ballgame than the border patrol.. The quality of those employees is also different scale.

I'm in TX. They ask everyone about their citizenship. They're trying to get you to speak, otherwise white looking people could immigrate via the Mexican border.

Drug dog alert or not, those routes are massive drug corridors. If I understand correctly, they do not need probable cause to search your vehicle... And I'm sure that paying some older white people in an RV as a very good way to move drugs across the border.

I don't mess around with border patrol. I've seen them disassemble vehicles and I'm not entirely sure they have to reassemble them....
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I'm glad they are doing their job, I wish that this had been case 30 years ago! I'm sorry for you being harassed and held up. Whenever they search us I realize they are just doing their job. I have been searched while driving a tracter-trailer close to the border and beleive me, you learn to smile and say yes sir and no sir as they are flipping your mattress upside down and rifling through your dirty clothes bag. And they don't put anything back!
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:46 AM   #8
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Personally, I'd rather see our Border Patrol and Home Land Security doing their job and maybe hassleing a few folks rather than let the drugs through. It is a minor inconvenience compared to letting bad guys through the border.

Before the problems get any better, we will probably see more searches.

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I got hassled but it was my hat as it it the jet engine in their helicopters then it was fun we both laughed
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:42 AM   #10
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They were only doing their Job. It may only be something small that makes them take a extra look at us when we pull up to the check point. It could be the way your hat is pulled down or the type of sunglasses you are wearing etc.
Yes, many of the Border Patrol do not look like Blond hair blue eyes white skin Americans, but OUR Country is made up of many different people from different Counties.
We here in the USA never had problems like we have had since 9-11, but get use to it because that is the only we can keep our Country safe.
Yes, we have been stopped at the Check Points coming from Mexico and Canada. We have been stopped at Agriculture check Points at the AZ-California Borders.
We have been asked many questions crossing the Border into the USA and we always are ready for the questions, with answers. Are you carrying This-this or this Ans. No sir this is the list of the stuff we WERE TOLD we could NOT BRING into the USA. We have this and this with us. Is there anyone else on board besides the 2 of you- No sir but you are welcome to come on in and check.
Now when He/She finishes I will ask something like We were told that we could bring back and some else said we could not back Frozen Meats so we gave them away, could we have kept it and still crossed the Border.
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Welcome to the United Socialist States of America,,,, Folks we get what we ask for! Protection from the Government, so they can trample over your rights as American Citizens.
Because of these Maroons at the Border and the Airports, I'll probably never leave this country again....
Just wait til they start pulling this crap traveling between states!
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Many of my clients are Canadian so I'm back and forth over the border quite often. Sometimes you get a good agent and sometimes you get one that just seems like they're having a bad day and you are getting the brunt of their bad day. Try to remember that they're just doing their job and it is not an easy job.

I used to drive a Mini Cooper with the license plate of "ACTL SZE." Once going into Canada I was greeted by an agent who kind of sashshayed out of the booth and asked me, "So what's actual size?" I got rid of the car and those plates after that!
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:25 AM   #13
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"This was a total BS stop as we are as white as can be and were born and raised in the US."
"I felt like asking the agent questioning me if he was a citizen as he was most noticeably of Mexican decent but I knew doing so would just prolong the search as you never want to flunk the attitude test. "

What does the color of your skin, or the ethnic background of the agent have to do with any of this.
It appears to me that the only issue here is your attitude!
BTW, the drug cartels use plenty of older white folks as mules because of attitudes by folks like you.
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Another reason to stay the ---- out of Mexico, as for the Canadian border we were in Canada a few yrs ago going into Canada from the US was smooth coming back to the US they came into the coach and searched our refrig took our baloney and dog food,,,NEVER ASKED OUR NAME, NEVER ASKED FOR ID NEVER CHECKED CLOSETS, WE COULD HAVE HAD A STASH OF MACHINE GUNS, they only wanted to see our food.

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