Translation from a forum entry, 11 years ago in a Mexican forum... done by "Arbus", one of the most interesiting users that I found in a Mexican forum.
Today, sadly, follow the steps of thousands of "paisanos". I recived a visit from my relatives of the D.F., which I met in the Neo-Picasso of decadence of the "city" of Tijuana.
Heading to the north, we crossed the same line in which days ago a Mexican military shot a dozen of people "by accident". I asked the form I-94 for my relatives (which allows to enter US territory for more than 50 miles of the border).
The gringo of the INS had the occurrence of asking my granma, 83 years old and my nice, 17 years old a water bill to prove that they really resided in Mexico City, and they were not going like "pollos" or "mojados".
Who the hell travels with a water bill as identification?
My granma showed her card of INSEN and one as a pensionist from the IMSS, and my nice her ID of the University. Both with their laser visas and their passports in perfect form, I have to mention.
But still so, the migra (dumb gringo) insisted in seeing the water bill!! I showed my gringo papers and told the migra that my relatives only wanted to know the new Disney park "California Aventure". He responded my with desdain in his voice that a water bill and other documents (equaly disparate) were the requirements and only showing them he will give us the forms I-94.
For that, we already had spend an hour in the queue, among the garbage, smog and dust (and the fear that a soldier will fire by accident his machine-gun). He mentioned that the form had a cost of 6 USD per person.
"An unecessary humiliation" - commented a lady that equaly wanted that the cashier returned from her break or lunch to be able to pay. "Thats right" said I with disgust.
My grandma, naive octogenary original from Orizaba, Veracruz, asked the gringo of the migra, if mexicans that crossed this office use to stay or work illegaly in the USA (she asked innocently, out of surprise by the treatment of criminals we were receiving).
The gringo didn't understand the question (as usual) and turned to me, waiting for the translation to his language of humus primitivus. I translated the question, and the gringo turned red and with a mouth disfigured by anger and scorn, answered:
- Is the Reconquista!!... It's a done deal!!- He said that 50% of the I-94 went to illegal workers.
He continue: "I don't know why you Mexicans come to reconquer Texas, California and New Mexico. What you are going to do is to turn it in a dump just like your country is".
Then he said that Mexicans simply do not understand that they should not go to the USA to work or reside...(nor to visit, I may add).
The fat gringo migra, seemingly choosed a job where he have to deal with people he ardently hate.
After the humiliation, plus the insults to my country, I paid the $12 and follow my travel.
Wonder where Arbus will be right now.