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Old 12-09-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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has anyone crossed (walked) into any of the mexican border towns around south texas recently ???? i know the towns further west are a battleground but just hoped to visit maybe Progresso or Reynosa in the next few weeks.

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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well if i was going to mexico to any town along the border this day in time, i would make sure i had my paper work up to date in case i didn't make it back.

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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I think all the border towns are a battleground,you could get caught in a cross fire anywhere.I wouldn`t go there unless I was armed to the teeth.I lived in Juarez in the 70`s and really liked it,no way now. Dave
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:18 PM   #4
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Sorry, but I wouldn't go to anywhere in Mexico any more if you paid me a million dollars.

The only time I hear about Mexico in the news from up here is when another tourist is murdered.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:23 PM   #5
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5yrs. ago I would have had no problem taking my AS all the way down to San Miguel de Allende where it is safe.It's getting the first 50 miles that I would be concerned about.Just to go into a border town is not worth losing your life or your Airstream taken at gunpoint never to be seen again.Don't do it.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:26 PM   #6
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My neighbor went across at Laredo a couple of weeks ago. She reported seeing no other Anglos as she walked the two blocks to her dentist. She couldn't find her passport before she left and went anyway, without it... and, to my surprise, customs let her back into U.S. with just her driver's license. Go figure!

A sad situation, this border violence. I lived in El Paso back in 94-95 and went to Juarez several times a week without incident. I expect to go to interior Mex. this winter and will get through the border states as quickly as possible.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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I think all the border towns are a battleground,you could get caught in a cross fire anywhere.I wouldn`t go there unless I was armed to the teeth. Dave
If you did go to Mexico, the LAST thing you would want to do is take a firearm. That will get you thrown into a Mexican jail faster than anything else, and probably never to be seen or heard of again.

They have nothing down there that I would risk my life to go after.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:11 PM   #8
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We have a small town/community just South of Columbus, NM called Palomas, MX. This town is approximately 35 miles south of Deming, NM on I-10. Within the last two weeks they dug up a grave holding 18 bodies of which two have been identified as US citizens that had been reported missing this past year. Oh yes the Mayor of Palomas was reported missing last year - still missing.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:16 PM   #9
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The minute you step across that border you surrender your rights...
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:22 PM   #10
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I was in Reynosa, gosh, 5 or 6 years ago with a mission group. Well before all the most recent WAR! We were tailed by the Federalies in a HumVee with a 50 caliber mounted on it very frequently throughout the week. We thought we were "suspicious". So happens that the Local Police Captain was the owner of the "hotel" we stayed at. He would not let us out of his walled "compound" after dark. And the Federalies were not watching us, but protecting us. NO WAY I'm going down there till all is calm. Whenever that may be.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:35 PM   #11
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No. Way.

One of our kids has to go to Reynosa frequently on account of his job. The company he works for has a plant there.

Reynosa is part of the war zone. US employees are no longer allowed to stay overnight there and they are driven around by Mexican drivers so they can't be jailed for "traffic violations". If I remember correctly it was the McAllen-Reynosa border crossing where there was a shootout not too long ago that left a dozen dead bodies on the bridge.

We wish he didn't have to go down there, but he has a good job, and jobs aren't too plentiful right now.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #12
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I have a brother, his wife (a Mexican citizen raised legally in the USA), their 3 daughters and one son who live in Mexico and run two businesses there. My brother who is 6’ 2” tall, blond and blue eyed went native back in 1989. He has told me he knows what it’s like to be discriminated against as he’s a minority there. He speaks Spanish fluently (better than his wife) as do his children.

That being said he would like for me to drive my assembly down to his second business and home in Baja California this spring with our mother and sister. I told him I would only consider it if he drove up to San Diego to meet me and escorte me to his home in Baja, and then escorte me back to San Diego when the visit was over as I simply will not risk crossing the Mexican border without someone who I trust knows the language and culture.
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:17 PM   #13
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We no longer visit Nogales, MX ... seems that the border towns are the worst these days...

That being said, we Airstreamed down to Puerto Peńaso (Rocky Point), MX, (on the Sea of Cortez about 70 miles south of the AZ border, crossing at Lukeville/Sonoyta) with two other Airstreams from our 4CUnit in November, and we had no problems. We were the "newbies" in the trio as far as taking our AS to MX, so we stayed in the middle... Rocky Point is very pro-American and pro-tourist as their economy depends so much on visitors ... They are obviously hurting because of our weakened economy and reduced tourism. It's sad. We felt pretty good about it, though we would hesitate to go down by ourselves and we would not travel after nightfall. I have a feeling that Rocky Point presents less of a threat than other areas, however. We will be going again in the spring most likely. Passports are required, by the way...and don't take a firearm.
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Won't go anywhere in MX. Not even on a triple dog dare.

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