I wish I had a better picture for you, but I don’t think the 18-year-old holding a gun nearly as big as him and barely able to see due to the creepy scarf wrapped around his face would appreciate me pointing a camera at him. In fact, there’s a good chance he’d mistake it for a weapon and that finger of his, which sits on the trigger of his ridiculously big gun, might twitch and mistakenly shoot me with a bullet while I was simply trying to shoot him with my digi cam.
The Tijuana police officers still control the San Ysidro port of entry to a certain extent — they’re still the ones stopping and searching people for the most part — but the federal military has stepped in and set up a little checkpoint where they do more detailed searches of cars. Here’s a piece in El Mexicano detailing the change.
Crossing the border is a lot more nerve-wracking than it used to be. The federales make their presence known, and from what I can tell so far, they mainly pull over cars filled with Mexican men. Women and whities seem to be off limits.