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Has anyone been to America recently ??...border control experience watch

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    I love the country n all but taking your fingerprints and webcam snap...? Through border control. Thats kind of violation. They did it with everyone and i went New York and i can understand that because of 9/11 and wanting to protect the country. Is that the case of other parts of America when entering..

    I found it very James Bond 007. It wasnt just one fingerprint it was both hands ..Just found it over the top.. I think other people felt violated too..

    And the border control guy was nice but the questions they have to ask like ..have you been to the states before/when was the last time you came? and whats the reason for your trip??...Lifestory or what..but again they did it to everyone
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    Heh, it's so much worse when you're trying to enter America with an Arabic/Muslim name like me. I got pulled into a room and had to prove I was there to visit etc.
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    I felt the same when I went to New York in February, and especially got annoyed when they checked my bags for drugs, and took like 10 minutes doing it! I'm always jealous of my friend, because as his mum is American, and his dad is British he has two passports, and so is able to skip security and border control on both sides of the airport
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    It's happened for years, it's not that much of a big deal, if you're used to traveling.
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    I had a bad experience about 4 years ago.

    I was held in immigration in New York because my fingerprints wouldn't register. They told me to follow this guard and only let my mum come with me when she started shouting that I was 14 xD
    The guards in the room were okay though. Phoned up the database and explained the situation, re-did my fingerprints and let me go
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    At least we don't having CCTV everywhere we go! Nor do we have an overbearing government, Americans just don't want criminals entering our borders I guess.
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    To get my UK Visa I need a digital face scan and fingerprints. Not much different...
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    (Original post by Cultivated)
    Heh, it's so much worse when you're trying to enter America with an Arabic/Muslim name like me. I got pulled into a room and had to prove I was there to visit etc.
    :facepalm: And you're a girl? Urgh >_<

    When my brother went there (he has an Arabic name too), he got stuck in a room for 2 hours being questioned by some Texan redneck buffoons. It's infuriating...
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    its been happening for years and years, in 2007 my BF was held at customs because he had a new passport!!
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    It'd feel a tad weird about doing that, sure, but if it's a condition for entering their country then you either comply with it or are free to not go there.
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    (Original post by Yasmeenax)
    :facepalm: And you're a girl? Urgh >_<

    When my brother went there (he has an Arabic name too), he got stuck in a room for 2 hours being questioned by some Texan redneck buffoons. It's infuriating...
    Ah, I hate when people say "well, it's your own fault for bringing terrorists into the world" or something in that style .. No, it's not my fault. I am not taking responsibility or blame for other people's stupidity/insanity. Being dragged into a room by security men, whilst other people are watching isn't my fault. Having to answer some ridiculous questions regarding my stay isn't my fault.

    That's the only time I wish I was some Sarah Anderson instead of myself :rolleyes:
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    Well yeah, I found it a bit weird giving fingerprints, especially when my left pinky wouldn't register and it took four tries to make it work. I got asked why I was there (in a tone as if I wasn't allowed there), and how long I was there for. I felt a bit nervous but I had nothing to hide, so I got on with it :yep:
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    when I went I got asked where I'd been studying and what and how much money I had and how I was financing my trip :emo:
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    yes, twice

    first time was in 2007
    Got to newark airport.. they saw me.. called a police guy to escort me down to some sort of holding area.. sat there.. my phone vibrated.. they shouted at me.
    Then they asked me all this Q's about where i was from, how old was I, where was i going, why was i here etcc.. i told them.. they needed my mum to sign some papers. I went to get her.. then like 3 police guys thought i was trying to escape or something and called for backup..One of the guards told them i was 'okay' and then my mum signed the papers and then we were on out way.

    second time was in 2008
    this time me and my mum got stopped and taken to a big room with loads chairs and 2 way mirrors. Then we got seen by this nice guy name durey.. he was alright with us.. he asked me the bulk of the Q's and then we were on our way.
    Funny this is the room we were waiting in had all hijabi women and all men with beards all waiting to be seen to.

    Its annoying as hell b/c my sister can easily go through without any hassle.. me on the other hand, i have to wait half an hour, try and keep a serious face on all the time and be oh so nice to them incase i upse them.
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    (Original post by good mermington)
    when I went I got asked where I'd been studying and what and how much money I had and how I was financing my trip :emo:
    You should have said terrorism was funding your trip. For the lulz.
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    It's over the top, when i passed through America on a college trip, one of our guys got stopped and interrogated because he was Half-Iranian. Got asked some pretty ridiculous questions :P
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    I would agree that it could be a very stressful and intimidating experience, but you must bear in mind why they're doing it. It's nothing personal at all, it's simply attempting to help protect the lives of everyone in the country. They may come across as ignorant and rude, but that's simply a technique they use to put you under pressure so that if you are lying about something, you might crack and slip up on some facts, giving them reason to detain you further and gather more information.
    I wouldn't personally class it as a violation; the things they do are no secret. It's simply a requirement when entering the country, and something I wouldn't mind being introduced here.

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    At least we don't having CCTV everywhere we go!
    Neither does the UK. You believe everything you read in the papers?


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    Nor do we have an overbearing government
    LOL
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    Border control in Texas finger everyone without exception.
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    its not a major issue. there last month.

    just for security of course but we should do something similar if we had the capability and not making it take hours to do.

    and i know stereotyping shouldnt happen but it kind of makes sense sometimes. They are proud and dont have much trust in anything unknown lol
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    They got very excitable with me as I have Syrian visa stamps in my passport. They still let me in though.
 
 
 
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