Oct 18, 2010, 2:55 PM
Post #4 of 10
Peter, My point? I think it was self explanatory. A little humorous or at least odd. We had no visa of any sort. We weren't traveling to darkest North Korea. Just entering Mexico, by land. I have not been back and don't plan to anytime soon. If I am here for 100 years and am even once asked for my papers or to explain my being here I will feed my cat to an evil commie dictator! Won't happen, ever.
They didn't stamp my sons passport or mine. They looked at nothing, not even the paperwork for importing live animals. I don't even think he noticed the 100 pound dog in the back of the truck. He told me to go. So, I went.
Then, when it was time for my son to leave we could not prove how long he had been here because there was no DOE stamp so the assumption was made that he had overstayed a visitors visa at least and was fined the maximum. Which, that day, was 6 mil.
If the border agent in Juarez had done HIS job that wouldn't have happened. I suppose that is my point.
I hope they weren't evil commie dictators. They scare me and I hear they are very mean to puppies.
So you are here as an illegal alien, and the government is not doing its job because they haven't caught you yet? If and when they do you may have another example to file that under worst-case scenarios. It may go OK with a little more "extortion" money demanded but it can get much worse than that.
I only made one land crossing and it was on a different route than you took, but at that station a few miles inside the border is where you should have parked, gone inside, and taken care of all your paperwork to continue on into the interior of Mexico.
If you are lucky you may make it back into the border region where you can claim you just arrived and do things the proper way. Or not. I suppose if I find myself someday deported I may want to try your method, it sounds like a lot less BS to go through. I have only been asked for my "papers" on a couple occasions but I have all of them in proper order so do not know what would happen if I didn't. If I had to "lay low" in Mexico it would certainly restrict the way I do things and where I go, but for the most part no one seems to care where or what I am.
If you are some young "gringa" living closely on your parents' coattails you may find your "casual" status OK and whaterver "extortion money" you have to pay to be less than getting your visa each year, if you even qualify which seems doubtful for anything other than for a tourist permit.
Who knows, you may be gone before anyone discovers you are here, or not.