Immigrant Effects, Part 2
To illegally -- and yet openly -- cross the United
States border at a Port of Entry one must have that level of forged
documentation sufficient to fool experienced Immigration and Naturalization
Service, US Customs, and Border Patrol personnel. Usually these
forgeries are limited to forged "green cards." Some
passports are doctored but only for really "high value"
It is also possible to cross the border secured
within some hidden compartment of a vehicle. The success of such
an adventure is totally dependent upon the failings of the federal
officer who greets you and the emotional composure of the vehicle's
driver and lastly, the quality of the vehicle's secret compartment..
There was one individual who simply took the
cushions out of one passenger seat in the back of his van, stuffed
his friend into the space, and covered him back up with the zippered
To add a bit of camouflage, the driver planted
a baby seat on top of him.
The US Border Patrol Agent at the Port of Entry
looked at the oddly shaped "cushion" and unzipped him
far enough to get a photo and then took them both away.
Others have placed themselves inside the dashboards
of vans. The amount of work required to cut out a spot for a full
sized human can be substantial
Sometimes people hide behind cargo in commercial
trucks going through the commercial port of entry.
The really unimaginative types just fit themselves
tightly into the trunk of a car. The problem with this plan is
that the back of the car then sags and the nose of the car sticks
up in the air.
Yes, it is possible to weld blocks on the springs
to keep the car level. In most of these situations, the "thing
that does not work -- called profiling" will help the officer
decide if the car is worth examining further. A car that has a
value of under two or three thousand dollars makes the perfect
"we don't care if it gets siezed" vehicle for smuggling.
As surprising as it may seem to some, the agents at the Port of
Entry are on the same wavelength and slide you and your not-so-spiffy-car
over to secondary inspection.