The CBP (Custums and Border Patrol) agents that man the booths do not know who you are or whether you are the next illegal importer of contraband or a GOOD guy, so they are trained to ask some cuestions that will throw you off and watch what your reaction and answer is, they only have a few seconds to asses whether you are ok or not.
Answer evasive or or try to out smart the questions and a red flag goes off that something is not right, then the hard questions and attitude come out, and the encounter can be a bit intimidating, specially if an event has taken place and you cross the border a few days latter, they all get eddgy, they are doing theire job.
Yust think what this country would be like if the borders where open or poorly maned, a drug vendor in every corner?, there would be no CITRUS or ADVOCADO indutry in the States becasuse some idiot brougt fruit with a parasite.
In California we have had to release impotent male flies to counter the plage that was brought in from South America by one person who smugled some oranges years ago.
We still have more rights and freedoms than any other country on the planet, so if someone got some feaders ruffled at the border maybe they did something stupid, and did not like it, since they are complaining.
Living in a border town I have seen the results of peso devaluation, narco drug smugling and the economy slump, it has taken a big hit on both sides of the border in the economic well being of small to medium buisneses on both sides, Tijuana has a street that used to cater to the turistas, shops, restaurants etc.
Today 80% of those buisneses are closed, on the US side we have also seen the efect of the border, my favorite steak house closed on the first devaluation and my favorite chinese restaurant closed at the last recesion in the US, when the United States economy sneezes the rest of the world gets to sneeze in a ripple efect.
I try to look at the world in a positive light, after seeing what some humans can do to other humas under the influence of drugs, I am a firm beliver of the "357 LAW" caught smugling or dealing drugs of any kind, I will be glad to purchase the ammo, I have "ZERO TOLERANCE"
As I said beefore DO NOT LIE to a federal officer or law enforcement under any circumstance, once you have crossed the demarcation line AKA border line and you have contraband you have broken the LAW, treat every one politlly and with respect and you wil be treated in the same manner, it as always worked for me.
Yes Nogales, Arizona is OK in my book, I have been to some mining towns that are really hugly and nasty, my uncle was a mining engineer and when I was a kid I would go with him to some of the mining "towns".
The CBP agents get transfered to Nogales so that they learn real fast what the smuglers are doing, this way they can be sent to San Diego, we also have big two legged moles, you should see the size of the tunels tha they dig, they are big!
Have good day, que tengan un buen dia.
Dear Mr rocmoc
I live in San Ysidro, the town that is the port of entry in California.
The information comes from the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, I did not say that the town of Nogales ,Arizona has crime I stated that the port of entry is a target of the Sinaloa narco cartel as a point of smugling by any means possible.
I am not cruel and insensitive, I see and have worked with and for law enforcement, the truth is sometimes hard to accept, until the consumption of drugs in the USA is curbed all ports of entry and the surrounding coutry side will be ruined by the narcos, I have seen the devastation that they have done to the Saguro National Monument in Arizona, I was fortunate to see it before the trash and wanton destruction that has taken place in it.
Drugs and drug trafficing and consumption ruin a lot of lifes, not just the user but every one, that is why the cars and houses, are broken into to steal anything that can be sold for a few bucks to purchase the next hit, when these idiots need to purchase $200.00 a day for theire drug fix, do you think that the narcos care, no they love it.
Nogales, Arizona as well as San Ysidro, California ports of entry are points where a lot of contraband is confiscated, so if you do not answer the cuestions placed by the agents in a truthfull or in an evasive way, I would send you to secondary to be searched with a big microscope, call it rude if you want but the person who posted this thread had an encounter with a CBP agent and they did not like it.
I have been in Nogales, Arizona It is a quaint border town, I have two good friends that where Inmigration and Customs Agents in Nogales until they retiered and came to live in San Diego.
Short answer I hope, and yes I travell in to Mexico.
Nogales, Arizona is one of the most used ports of entry for illegal drugs, contraband, ETC.
Giving contradicting or confusing statements to a Federal agent about products that he or she is asking about is dumb, that raises the level of suspicion as to what is going on and what is it that is being introduced into the US, at this point you are now in the cross hairs of the agent, not good.
They find all sorts of contraband by all sort of persons, from little old grandmas to kids with drugs tapped to theire legs to modified vehicles, and all sort of inventve ways to introduce contraband.
Don't blame the agent for doing his or her dutty, blame your self for not giving truthfull answers or trying to hoodwink the agents.
An address can de a Postal Annex store or a UPS store that has Post Office type boxes, we use a postal office that receives ower mail and forwards it to us as we travell, this also includes travelling to Canada and Mexico.
You whon't be braking any laws since you are not doing anything ilegall by purchasing a vehicle in the US, we have purchased vehicles while travelling in Europe and did not have an address.
Lika till med ressan
If any of you are thinking of renting property on the beach or any other place or purchasing and constructing, make shure that the land does not belong to an "EJIDO".
To many foreigners have been burnt when they constructed on ejidos and the ejidatarios have claimed the land back, case in point PUNTA BANDA in California Norte, people built houses and the land was confiscated by the Government because it was an "EJIDO".
There was also a lot of fraud from some individuals both from the US and Mexico that entized these folks to purchase the leases and build, with out checking if the land was an "EJIDO" or was actually owned by the developers.
Be carfull of the transactions that you do and make shure that you tell the seller or renter that you are going to verify that the land is free if they get defensive or coy about you doing the checking, walk away.
Crossed yeterday April 10 at San Ysidro port of entry (Tijuana to San Diego)two hours, this was at 11:30 AM.
All RV's should go to the left lanes a lot of construction going on, most lanes are Sentri and are on the right side, then they have the Ready lanes in the center and the rest are normal lanes.
Not to bad for a work day considering that 3:00 to 4:00 hour wait times are normal now a days.
All those with RV's stay left the concrete barriers are placed in shuch a way that they can direct lanes by opening small gaps between barriers, there is no way a 24 foot RV pulling a toad would negotiate that turn, not enough space not even for the 24 foot RV alone.
When I started "RVing" I had a 1968 VW bus with a cargo rack and I would tie a paint bucket with a lid, inside would be some water with detergent and some items to be washed, this would slossh arround while I travelled down the road, later I would empty the soapy water and ad frah water for a rince, a few rinses latter down the road, clean clothes, set camp attach string to tree and hang laundry overnight.
Today we use the laundromat at the RV campground or a laundromat in the town if there is one, if not available the shower pan works, we have a hangig bar that is attached to the ceiling with those hooks that you would normally use for brooms with spring latch, we hang the cloths from there on coat hangers.
Mine have not worked for 14 yeras, they quit working about 3 or 4 months after we purchased the unit, I have cleaned both tanks and still no go.
I even made a long wand to stick down the gray water vent to clean the tank, still no go, we now calculate the amount of time to ower next dump.
I have given up I tied everything that I could think of to clean the sensors, maybe there are other folks here that have a solution to the ever present sensor dilema.
We have a corner counter on the drivers side, there is a compartment under the cabinet and the rear lights have a cover, i discovered that a trash can fited under the counter and be suported by t6he light cover.
Cut a square hole on the counter corner and when I installede a paper towel holder that hold the trash can from moving arround.
One small trash can in the batroom and one behind the drivers seat the one under the counter is two feet tall so it lasts a little longer.
Thank you for the information, I have been looking for a swivel unit for some time, this saves me having to modify the unit that was given to me from a "A" class unit that is too tall.
I wonder what the State Department of the United States of America would print if it was about the U.S., I would imagine that you would be unsafe every where, well maybe on the bottom of some missle cilo in Nebraska they might let you be safe?
I find it very interesting to read all this, I know that if you go looking for trouble you find it every where in the world, every country some more than others.
I belive that there is a saying
Those that live in glass house should not throw stones.
Well tomorrow is another beatifull day in retirement, looking forward to making a new travell cat condo, have one for long stays, need one for short stays, one or two days, as soon as I figure how to post pictures I will post some.
Buenas noches damas y caballeros.
Came of the freeway made a left over the over pass, forgot to hook bunngy cords in the pantry, up hill and left turn most of the pantry items ended on the floor.
Now the bunngy cords do not get unhooked!
Semana Santa in Cuernavaca or Acapulco or any touristy destination in Mexico is going to be crouded, esier to walk than to drive, also be very carfull while on the road a lot of folks that are not familiar with open road driving since they are used to city driving and get into trouble on the highways, lots of accidents.
Best is to stay put and engoiy the weather.
El Espinazo del Diablo that I am refering to is the one on the North West area of the State of Puebla, The Devils Backbone, we traversed it in a 1948 Jeep, I learnt to patch inner tubes better than the pros.
It helps if you give a little more specific data to pin point whitch Laguna Azul you are refering to, like State maybe, close to what city or town, then someone might have some info, I can trow out a name, El Espinazo del Diablo, and no one is going to know which area am I refering to.
Lojack works all over the United States and Canada, even down South in Mexico, it is activated with a code from an orbiting satelite, it all depends if the local Law Enforcement has the receiver locator in the patrol unit to detect the signal and location of the stolen unit.
Some thiefs will let a stolen vehicle sit for a few days and watch it to see if the LEOs are watching it too, if no activity they chop it up.
Best thing to do is always have at least 3 copies of all documents, passports, drivers lic, vehicle registration, insurance, dog or cat paper work and vaccines any and all permits obtained on line or at the border make copies as soon as you can, do not keep all of them in the same place hide one set yust in case.
You never know when someone will ask for a copy, Mexicos burocrasy have for many years requested the original and at least 2 copies, with the advent of the computers they are chasnging little by little.
Making a few copies is a lot cheaper than having to go back and start over.