In my last post I voiced my disgust with the liberties police take on a daily basis in regular, unthreatening situations, and I wrote that nobody seems to have a problem with it. Not enough to do anything about it, anyway. This, of course, is not completely true.
The Rio Grande Valley borders on Mexico in southern Texas. From El Paso to Brownsville, the Rio Grande is the border between the USA and Mexico in Texas. And yet, if you drive fifty miles north of the river, on I35, on your way to San Antonio or Austin, you come across a checkpoint. It’s kind of a second border, like double glazing, as it were. Any time you drive through that checkpoint, you have to lower the window and answer the question: “Are you an American citizen?”
I haven’t been down there for a while, but when this used to happen to me, I would say, “Nope” and show my green card. Just hoping for a follow-up. Once in a while the border patrol officer asked where I was from, and when I told him, I’d get a blank look and a gesture that I could drive on. Darn.
But recently some folks have been pointing out that the checkpoint is on American soil, and that they don’t have to answer that question. Watch the videos below to see what happens. It’s hilarious, because it totally flummoxes the officers when someone says, “I don’t have to answer that”.
T is probably just fine with my unwillingness to go back to the valley, because when I do, he’ll be shitting bricks on the way back. When the officer asks if I’m an American citizen, will I say no and just show my green card, or will I decide to mess with their minds? Or will I show them my other resident alien card? Honestly, I won’t know myself until the moment I open my mouth. One of the ways to keep life interesting. I’ll let you all know.