Customs House~Laredo Texas
With increased security guidelines buzzing about the Internet the last few weeks it was a little strange to head to the border with a new car for registration & driving into Mexico. The Government of Mexico has deployed military troops in various parts of the country especially the border crossings. Military checkpoints have drastically increased in border areas since New Years. (or so say our consulate bulletins) U.S. citizens are advised to cooperate with official checkpoints when traveling on Mexican highways. Blah,blah....one could grow old & gray reading all of the advice given. Part of the security measures are common sense and additional 9/11 Homeland Security measures. But all said & done the crossing this time was no different than it was over a year ago when we brought our first vehicle into Mexico. I do however think we are becoming rather cynical to the whole South of the Border policy & registration for car tags. While we registered our car & provided our mountain of paperwork I noticed a really "skeezie" looking local guy registering a car to bring into the country. He hauled out a wad of cash that I am sure was misbegotten of some nature. There husband & I were, dotting our I's & crossing our T's...Picture if you will an image fitting an FBI's most wanted poster! (ie: Skeezie guy in line next to us!)
It's all okay though! I just wait for people like that to get stuck at the border & have a full on vehicle search. (while I snicker) It totally happens! Of this I am certain. It's called "Karma" Baby!!!