The Federales take over the port of entry

Nada que declarar

"Nada que declarar"

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.

About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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2 Responses to The Federales take over the port of entry

  1. chardonnay says:

    It seems to me the presence of the Federales would be a welcome site considering all the violence in T town. then again, who’s more corrupt, the police or federales. Did you here Calderone said the US needs to work on their image with mexico. Uh, hate to break it to you, Mr C, but you really should worry about your own country.

    I can’t figure out why you use the term whitey. isn’t that reverse racism?

  2. Sancho says:

    Correction: It is the Mexican Customs (La Administración General de Aduanas) who work at the Tijuana port of entry, NOT the Tijuana Police. Since Customs is part of the federal government, they could also fall under the so-called term “Federal” that you are using.

    Just to be clear too, the “Federales” you are referring to are members of the Mexican Navy who are there to assist Customs.

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