Is this the way to Amarillo? (Or San Antonio?)
Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
24Trip End Oct 01, 2008
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Along the way, we were stopped twice at Border Patrol stations where Mike had to show his passport to prove that we weren't Mexican illegal immigrants. But here's what we don't understand. When they stopped us, they asked us if we were both US citizens. Mike said that I was, but he wasn't. So they asked for his passport. But they didn't ask for anything from me, both times. So how do they know that I'm telling the truth? And if they thought I wasn't, what right would they have to ask me to prove it? We never crossed the border, so isn't it a bit strange to be checking so far inland? Imagine if you were in St Louis or something and someone suddenly asked if you were a US citizen. You'd be shocked to have to show a US passport or birth certificate, which is probably why they never asked me to prove anything. But then, if you were an illegal immigrant, wouldn't you just say that you were a US citizen?
In any case, we talked about this a bit with some of the locals in Big Bend before we left and found out that they all think the immigration policies are ridiculous. Apparently, after 9/11 they shut down all the local border crossing, which basically killed the economy of the little Mexican villages on the other side of the river. And they made it illegal to help illegal immigrants by providing water or food to starving, thirsty people crossing the desert. As it turns out, most of the local ranchers leave out food and water on their property for people who might be passing through...who'd have thought that there'd be so many Texans in support of immigration? Honestly, my whole opinion of Texas has totally changed. In fact, so far we've seen more Obama stickers than McCain stickers.