FAQ

What are typical border crossing times from Mexico to the US at San Ysidro in San Diego on weekdays?
It is completely a crap shoot on many days, but you can hedge your bets by going at certain hours to beat the traffic. Between about 4:30 am and 9 am, you have a lot of commuter traffic—Mexicans who work in the US and US expats who live south of the border and work in the States.Between about 9 am and 11 there is a bit of a lull. Then traffic picks up again with casual shoppers heading north, people going to the airport, etc. Also, there are people who head north in the early afternoon to pick up their kids at American schools.Usually, the traffic dies down again and waits get shorter at the end of the day, except for Friday, when the border doesn’t calm down until much later.All bets are off on holidays. On big holidays, the holiday itself is likely to see few people waiting to cross, with more traffic the days before and after the holiday on the day before people have to return to work or school. And traffic throughout much of December is bad, when people head to the US for Christmas shopping. Don’t forget too that Mexico has far more holidays that the US. When kids are out of school or offices are closed, many Mexicans travel to the US to shop, dine, and visit with family there.There are websites and apps now to monitor border wait times. The government ones seem to either underestimate wait times or lag behind the actual waits. The best ones have live cameras, where you can see the traffic (great if you’re relatively close by). Some sites also have graphs showing wait time trends across days and months, which is also helpful.Finally, I would expect wait times to increase with the current US administration’s obsession with the Mexican border. I don’t know what will happen if resources are pulled to build a wall or to at least shore up troublesome areas to the east. And I don’t know that the President’s plan is for the existing border crossings—he seems to have very little idea of how the border actually functions.
How can I find out if my passport is flagged before a crossing border?
You don’t.There is no way to tell. You don’t have access to whatever databases are being used and there are no public postings of flagged passports. There are no numbers to call as that is private info and unable to passed over a phone.If your passport is flagged it is either something minor like it is expired or something major like you broke the law.
How well do you think Trump’s wall prevent drugs from crossing? Will it be effective against illegal immigrants?
A wall is a medieval solution for a modern problem. The problem of illegal immigration is as much an American economic issue as it is any other nation’s, American employers want them and hire them with impunity. The ugly truth is that we need more immigration, not less. Talk to a farmer, a building contractor, the director of a hospital, or the CEO of a computer company. They need more immigrants to prosper.The problem of drugs is also an American one. No Colombian, Mexican or Chinese drug cartel smuggles their products into the States just hoping they’ll find a market. The market is here. It’s HUGE. It’s hungry. It distorts our economy by creating an army of Americans unable to contribute to the economy or to care for their families. The social cost is enormous as legions of children grow up in care or in the midst of addiction.Our thirst for illegal drugs has destroyed the social fabric of Mexico, too, as narco traffickers have corrupted law enforcement, murdered their opponents, and terrorized the populace. That is OUR DEMAND, not their supply. A wall will do absolutely nothing significant to impede that traffic. The drug traffic is not a fire hose aimed at us from abroad. It is a gigantic vacuum hose pointed at the world by us.
What should I do if I have firearms in my vehicle and I accidentally drive into a U.S. Mexican border crossing? If there are other cars behind me trying to cross the border into Mexico, how do I get out of the border crossing?
Well, I’m no expert, but I have crossed into and out of Mexico many times. The border guards will typically ask you questions to help you avoid committing a crime. One such question would be do you have anything to declare.But if the guard didn’t ask, you would be wise to tell them exactly what you wrote here. Declare the weapons, tell them that you therefore can’t pass, and ask for instructions on how to turn around with their permission.(I’m assuming that you’re legally allowed to have these weapons and you’re transporting them legally within the US. So since you haven’t actually crossed the border yet, there’s no crime.)That should be the end of it. My guess as to how they would handle it would be that they would allow you to simply turn around. If they were very cautious they might have you pull to the inspection station, get out, let them retrieve the weapon safely, then hold the weapons while you drove back across to the American side. And then return it to you, with some kind of verbal warning to be more thoughtful, plus possibly a thank-you for being honest and cooperating so well.
How were border crossings controlled before the 18th century or in Medieval times?
Borders where fuzzy lines on a map, defining who should tax the peasants. At least when the borders where in low populated areas, and not along natural borders like rivers, the peasants did not really bother if the passed it or not. It might be illegal to do that, or to bring certain things cross the border, but in peaceful periods there where no more supervision of the crossings than needed to collect taxes (customs) and catch a few smugglers.
If you left a survey for burglars to fill out the next time they ransacked your home, how would they rate the experience?
How did you learn about us?Rumors about rural houses having little Security.Location: 5/10Location was alright. Around 500 meters to the nearest neighbor. But unfortunately an hour away from any sizable population (20,000 plus being a sizable population.)Transportation: 10/10Transportation was top notch. The owners of the property never lock their Minivan or Pick-up truck. The keys are always left in the vehicles. Both are moderately new and somewhat non-descriptive so a perfect getaway vehicle. Not only did they provide vehicles they also kept trailers in a easily accessible unlocked shed.Security: 9/10Security was lax. There is a gate but it isn’t locked. Doors aren’t locked unless the house is left unoccupied for more than 2 weeks. No cameras made it really easy. They did have a dog which made it a bit of a pain. He was easily disposed of as he was just a Labrador Retriever puppy. Owners are very light sleepers don’t rob if they’re around.Products: 10/10No place has better selection. The place had 3 DSLR cameras, 3 Workstation class desktops, 3 tablets, 4 drones, 6 Smartphones, 9 external monitors and 11 laptops. All of the items were of premium design and value (aka Apples or equivalent). The freezers and shelves were well stocked the rest of the property was much more appealing though.They also had a shop on the property with many tools ranging from mechanics to carpentry to fabrication. The tools were of medium quality. The shop also stored 2 ATV for added convenience. The shop wasn’t the jackpot though.The shed was the real treasure trove. This drive in shed held heavy equipment all with the keys in the ignition for easy accessibility. The average equipment’s value was around $100,000, with a combined value of around $1.5 Million. Unfortunately the heavy equipment is hard to transport and the market is too small to get away with it.The products all seemed gift wrapped for the taking. Everything was easy to find as it looked organized.Laws in the area: 10/10Owners aren’t allowed to use lethal force or even have a premeditated weapon for self defense. A robber in the area once accidentally locked himself into the garage place he was robbing. As the owners did not come home for a couple days he resorted to eating dog food. The end result was the owners were charged for negligence of the robber. Laws almost protect us. Owners are not supposed to attack us in any way or they may be charged.Would you recommend to your friends?If everybody is gone a resounding yes. Unfortunately that’s not very often as the house is occupied by Home-schooling kids, a Writer and the owner is a farmer who mostly works on property. Also if you intend to use brute force, bring a weapon. All the occupants are big. The average height is around 6 feet.BTW bring friends to help loot. It really requires a team of people to loot the place.