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  •  Not to suggest race wasn't at play... (7+ / 0-)

    ... but I'm white, as are my sons, and I got grilled by Canada's border control, RE-entering Canada form Alaska (long story, but my father and I took a long road trip, with my young sons, after my mother died. Up to AK form SoCal to visit my sister in Anchorage, then back...). They wanted not just to prove they were mine - at just under 6 and 8, they could affirm that and tell the whole story... - they wanted evidence that I had mom's permission to take them out of the USA.

    I've since come to understand why; the stories, etc.

    But no one had asked for that as we drove into BC from WA, nor from Yukon to AK. In the end, they Tok my wife's phone number and went off and called her. If she hadn't answered, I' not sure what they'd have done (or what we would have done).

    Weird shit happens at borders. Often not human interactions at their best and most humane.

    "Be just and good." John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

    by ogre on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:13:38 PM PST

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