Many people I've met in other countries who have traveled to the US have remarked to me how difficult it is to get a visa to visit the US, and once they arrive, how unpleasant is is to be interrogated by the border agents.
This is how our entry into the US went yesterday. And we're American citizens who had just driven for two days across northern Ontario to get from New York to Michigan–the most direct route home to Minnesota.
After waiting in a line of cars for over half an hour on the Sault Ste. Marie bridge:
We hand our passports to the agent.
Where are you going? (Note: no “hello” or any other pleasant greeting.}
Where are you coming from?
Why were you in Canada?
It's the shortest distance from New York to Minnesota.
Why the rental car?
We don't own a car.
What do you do?
What did you do before you retired?
We were publishers.
What are you bringing in from Canada?
Ok, you can go.
If they treat US citizens like this, imagine how a visitor feels when they enter our country. And, this is not an isolated incident. I would tell you about flying from Madrid to Miami in July, but you probably wouldn't believe it.
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