Some aren't that bright either. I had one confuse my NRCan I.D. as some sort of narcotics officer I.D. and was moved to the front of the line and walked right through airport security without any hassles.
In that case she needed the B1 visa and the border guard thus had no choice but to deny her entry as was his mandate. In the end, it still sounds like he was a prick though in the comments he'd made. There is a kind way to deny entry and a rude way. He just chose the rude way.
You know I hear this a lot. Right along side the whole Cops and CO"s are dicks too.
I will agree that they can be ignorant, but if you help escalate the situation, you're going to lose in the short term. Sure, some point down the road you might be vindicated, but why put yourself through the misery.
And Durka, I can totally relate to your friend. Which of course punches more holes in juan's post.
That is true. Emotions can distort our memory of reality. If she was particularly distraught, she may have developed a false memory of the situation, in which the guard was kind and sympathetic, but she was acting out, and he gradually upped the ante as necessary. If that's the case, and she just has a blocked memory (and I'm not accusing her of lying here, but emotions and distort sincere recollections of events as they change our state of mind), then though she might not necessarily be intentionally lying, she may very well not remember how she contributed to the escalation, or only vaguely.
I hear you, cops always seem to give me attitude for no reason when I walk out of a bar, drunk & obnoxious. Like, what gives copper? So what if I am pissing on the sidewalk lmao.
I'd met a friendly border guard once... though he was on holiday at the time.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
But on a serious note, I've not traveled to the US much yet have not had any problems... yet. For the most part, I treated the border guards with respect and they treated me in kind. Of course I'd always done my homework in ensuring I had whatever documents i'd needed and had the documents ready the moment it was my turn.
I'd never had a problem yet, and each time, I've noticed that they do have computer access and so would assume that in any case of doubt concerning this or that law, they could consult their database quickly enough for a confirmation.
Also like any other human, I can't imagine most border guards wanting to deny someone entry knowing that it's only going to cause hardship for both parties anyway. The border guard wants as smooth and easy a day for himself as possible before going home int he evening and enjoying a good dinner and some TV. He doesn't want to have to deal with causing irritation unnecessarily as that means more stress for him. My guess is,a few bad apples aside, a border guard will never deny entry unless there is a very valid legal reason for doing so, and will also try to diffuse any tension as quickly as possible by offering any reasonable assistance to help the person affected, such as giving him the address of the nearest US consulate or embassy, informing him of what documentation is lacking, and showing some empathy. He...
Well, I think you are naive. As far as I've been able to tell, all they need is the pretense of a slight suspicion.
Well, I am tall and Caucasian, dress 'American', etc. and I won't deny there may be some racial prejudices among them. So yes, others may see things I don't as a result, and luck always plays a role.
And again, I've only crossed the border on a few occasions, so I may have simply have been lucky at those times.