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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.
Why did Eritrea split from Ethiopia?
The italian heritageEritrea was an Italian colony, and the Italians behaved well, (for being a colonial power that is). The Italian aim was not to exterminate the natives but to turn them into Italians. The racism and oppressive ideas were introduced only after Italy came in under influence of the nazis.Italy made great efforts to improve the land. They build factories and schools. It all ended with a bang after British conquered Eritrea. The British saw them self as fighters for freedom who had conquered a fascist state, and they were entitled to revenge. They plundered the country for anything of value. The factories were disassembled into parts and sent away. The British left a devastated country behind.This left a lasting impression among the Eritreans. Many eritreans are refering to this narrative. Like this:.- What kind of factory is this?.- Its a dairy. Milk is beeing processed to milk, youghurt and similar products..- O, we used to have one in my hometown. The people who worked there were making good money and the people in the city enjoyed the healthy and dilicious products. The farmers were very happy as they could earn some money by selling milk..- Dont you have a dairy any more?.- No the British took itGiro d'Eritrea, most popular sport event in EritreaKing Arthur parableAfter WWII the people of Eritrea did not want to go back to be ruled by Italy. They just wanted their independence. The Brittish had another idea. Eritrea was going to be handed over to Ethiopia. Might have seemed as a natural from a European point of view but not from an Eritrean.Think of it this way.After WWII USA decides to put things right. The people in London are chocked when they hear what US has come up with. England is no longer to be ruled from London but from Wales, where the Americans have found the true heir of King Arthur. People in London are protesting. The Americans do not understand. All British do love King Arthur. What’s the problem?The Americans agrees to make it a Union with to parts: London and the Kingdom of Arthur.The Londoners are disappointed. They expected London to be rebuild to its pre war wealth and glory. At least we could have the dairy rebuild! But all money seems to be going up in the Wales mountain where the King Arthur are building some kind of Capital. (Come on, a capital in Wales? Is London to be ruled by hillbillies?)People in London are trying to get information. How is money spent? Who is in charge? They realise that the kingdom of Arthur is governed by medival methods. They protest.The King Arthur are getting anoid. The Londoners seems to be the most spoiled people of all. He decides to quite the union. There is now just one kingdom: The Kingdom of Arthur.The Londoners rebel.
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How much should my employer be compensating me for a 3-day cross-border business trip? The idea is to get me trained as a technician to fill a demand within our market.
Actual expenses+your regular salary of the day+some daily allowance compensate for travel inconveniences and being away from your home.
If you live near or at an international border, have you ever intentionally or accidentally crossed over illegally, i.e. not at a border crossing? How did that turn out?
It happens a lot in South AmericaIn the Brazilian-Paraguyan border thousands cross every day exactly in that way. Brazilians and Paraguayans don'tneed a visa for the other country, but theoretically one needs to be cleared and receive an entry stamp when entering the other country (if the person just has an ID card in a piece of paper) and have the entrance recorded in the computer systemThere's a border crossing where they simply don't stop most people, and the ones that are stopped are for customs purposes. Even citizens of third countries needing a passport and sometimes different visas to enter both are the minority of the pedestrians, so it seems both polices really don't care.I read cases of people even going to the immigration officer and asking for an entry stamp in the passport (as a souvenir) and he refused saying that people who won't travel further than 20 km inside Paraguay don't need to be cleared. Once an Australian tourist (Australians need visas for both countries) was visting Brazil (legally with a Brazilian visa) and asked the Paraguayan border police if they could issue her a visa on arrival. They said it wasn't necessary as they would pretend not having seen her crossing the border.In the case of a border crossing with Uruguay the situation is really similar, except that the border crossing used to be completely opened (at least on the Brazilian site, I don't know about the Uruguayan side) on weekends and holidays simply because the authorities considered it too expensive to keep the checkpoint staffed 24/7. Curiously is the point with most cases of gun smuggling in Brazil.
While crossing the border on foot between Mexico and San Diego, I often see people camped out on the Mexican side, right next to the border gate. What's going on with them?
Many of them are sellers and/or beggars. They camp there because (relatively speaking) Tijuana is an expensive place to get real lodgings in Mexico because of its proximity to the States.Being able to beg or sell on the border means that (relatively) very wealthy Americanos will pass by to purchase something where being 10 pesos more expensive doesn’t even elicit a double take.You will also notice in those camps a lot of young children… because having a six year old coming up to you and asking for money gets those purse strings open.To the person who is saying the camps are there to make it easier to migrate illegally: perhaps. But the Tijuana border gate is a very difficult place to illegally enter the U.S. It is far more logical to believe that the camps are there in the hope that the closer you are to a spout, the more water may splash into your bucket.