Monday, January 31, 2011

We went to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico this weekend . . .

The AZ unit of the National Socialist Movement conducted a fact finding mission to the Mexican border and points south. Over the last couple of decades, I’ve visited Nogales, AZ on a number of occasions. Things have really declined since my last visit.

After walking by the numerous stores that specialize in cheap Chinese goods and what appeared to be inferior “knock-off” fashions, we made our way to the port of entry. There was no fancy sign, just spray paint on a barricade directed us to the check point.

We all noticed very quickly that we were the only White People walking around. Tourism is way down due to the poor economy and the drug violence that plagues many border towns is in the rise. The locals were busy checking us out and sizing us up. This is one town where you need to know the difference between a “mark” and a “ringer”.

We were quickly approached by a multitude of shady characters. Some tried to sell us drugs. Another offered to direct us to “womens” and even “mens” of all ages. Jokingly, one of us suggested a midget or some farm animals. Old ladies walked up to us and begged for money. Children were selling candy. None of us were buying.

I tried some of the local cuisine. They said the stuff in the tacos I ordered was beef. They weren’t that bad for $1.25/2. I have yet to experience any gastric discomfort. If Indiana Jones can eat bugs and monkey brains, I can certainly handle Nogales food.

We decided to return to our motel rooms after crossing back in to the United States. As we turned the corner, we noticed some law enforcement activity. A group of illegal aliens were caught by the Nogales Police and the Border Patrol just a few doors away from our motel rooms. They were lined up against a roll off trash dumpster. After conducting a search of their persons, the agents loaded them into a van to be sent for processing and deportation.

A day in Nogales, Sonora!

Walking is a popular way to cross the border and Nogales, AZ has many guarded parking lots close to the port-of-entry. Just follow Interstate 19 to the end in Nogales and the lot attendants such as American Valet and Ed's Parking Lot, will help you . The cost to park your vehicle all day is very reasonable, generally under $4.00, and most of the shopping and eating attractions are close to the border and within easy walking distance.

It’s hard to make shit smell like a rose, but the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce did the best they could. One of the most noticeable things travelers encounter are the foul smells as they approach the border.

Crossing the Border into the U.S.

I had my passport in hand but the border guard behind the desk, in a jovial mood, prodded us to respond to his unasked question. The answer was “U.S. Citizen,” and the question, which he never asked, was “What is your citizenship?” He asked if we were bringing anything back into the U.S. We told him about our purchases, and he waved us through. During the day, there are short lines from time to time and documents are examined with a little more interest.

If your papers are in order, crossing the border is easy. I would like to caution everybody to watch your backs while in Mexico. Times have been tough and as in any city, you have to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get drunk and stupid or you may find yourself bleeding to death in the gutter.

People will be there with offers of alcohol and women. Be careful! Once you enter a building, you are going to be fresh out of friends and options. Always leave yourself “an out”.

“"What sets worlds in motion is the interplay of differences, their attractions and repulsions. Life is plurality, death is uniformity. By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death. The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us. Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life"” --Octavio Paz

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