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Boquillas Port of Entry Question

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2018, 10:54:33 PM »
Can I sneak in and further this conversation with more questions? March will be my 3rd trip to BBNP with my 3 kiddos. They’re a far cry from the the tiny tots I took 3 years ago. They’ll be 6,8,&10 this trip! I’d like to consider crossing into Boquillas this year, but unsure if I should while traveling alone with 3 younger children. Thoughts?

Absolutely not a problem and the kids will likely remember it fondly for the rest of their lives.  The folks in Boquillas will take great care of you and the kiddos.

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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2018, 11:02:32 PM »
Can I sneak in and further this conversation with more questions? March will be my 3rd trip to BBNP with my 3 kiddos. They’re a far cry from the the tiny tots I took 3 years ago. They’ll be 6,8,&10 this trip! I’d like to consider crossing into Boquillas this year, but unsure if I should while traveling alone with 3 younger children. Thoughts?

Absolutely not a problem and the kids will likely remember it fondly for the rest of their lives.  The folks in Boquillas will take great care of you and the kiddos.

Indeed. Go.

Suggest you check on border crossing procedures with minors. I don't have any now and when I did there was no one watching or concerned about who went what direction or how they got across the river. Undoubtedly, things have become more complicated with kids (but not to the point of missing the experience).
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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2018, 05:49:48 AM »
Suggest you check on border crossing procedures with minors. I don't have any now and when I did there was no one watching or concerned about who went what direction or how they got across the river. Undoubtedly, things have become more complicated with kids (but not to the point of missing the experience).

+1 to what presidio said, of course you will have to have passports for the kids too.
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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2018, 11:27:54 AM »
of course you will have to have passports for the kids too.

Not necessarily; check the passport requirements.

A passport for a minor child only is absolutely required if traveling by air.

Arrival in the US by land or sea only requires proof of citizenship. A passport certainly does that, but other documents do as well.

See https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/know-before-you-go/your-trip

where you will find this:

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Traveling with Children
When U.S. citizen children under the age of 16 arrive by land or sea from Canada or Mexico they may present an original or copy of their birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Naturalization Certificate.

Unless the child is accompanied by both parents, the child must have a notarized letter from the other parent or signed by both parents stating, "I acknowledge that my son/daughter is traveling outside the country with [the name of the adult] with my permission."

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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2018, 06:19:21 PM »
Thanks, all!  I appreciate the advice and the stories from border crossing in the years pre-9/11. 

I called, and confirmed that they will likely be following the winter schedule in October, which is preferable given our travel dates.  Of course, they won't make any guarantees and reserve the right to change the schedule without advance notice.  If the port of entry is open when we are there, we will definitely prioritize a visit to Boquillas del Carmen.  I look forward to my kids getting to personally experience the border and the people who live and work in a small Mexican border village, so that they can better interpret what they are seeing in the media and hearing in the political debates.  Plus, my son loves to get stamps in his passport!


You might ask, but I don't remember them stamping my passport. 

You can also cross with a "Passport Card" which is a bit cheaper than a full blown passport.

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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #20 on: July 29, 2018, 06:31:55 PM »
My passport was stamped Nov. 1, 2017 on my last visit to the park. Happened to be sitting on my desk because I'm getting ready to travel out of country. That said, they need to upgrade their stamp or get better ink. It's nothing to get excited about, can barely read it.

Count me as thinking totally safe to bring kids there, and I think it'd be a great experience they won't forget. If you want to see a world where everyone isn't plugged into the internet 24/7 and electricity is a luxury, this is it. The people couldn't be nicer and I get a real sense that the family is a strong unit. What appears to be a pre-school is just down the road from the two restaurants a ways, an easy walk and the little kids waved at me when I walked by.
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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2018, 09:53:50 PM »
That said, they need to upgrade their stamp or get better ink. It's nothing to get excited about, can barely read it.

Yep. Pretty ho-hum both in ink and design.

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Count me as thinking totally safe to bring kids there, and I think it'd be a great experience they won't forget. If you want to see a world where everyone isn't plugged into the internet 24/7 and electricity is a luxury, this is it.

It is a valuable eye-opener. Many years ago when my kids were pre-teen, I walked them across the border to Palomas Mexico for a couple of hours. Easy place to cross as it's a land border in New Mexico.

My son, who was 9 or 10 was agog and excitedly observed "dad, they don't even have sidewalks." I told him what he was seeing was how much of the rest of the world lived. The juxtaposition across the few feet from one country to the other could not have been starker and it is pretty hard to find such a harsh dichotomy anywhere else than along our southern border.

When you have third world smashing into the first, and that huge difference easily is visible at mere glance, it makes clear the attraction for folks to come north, even as the aspirants lack the skills and resources to make a successful transition. Determination and grit are powerful motivators and thus we have the vexing border political issues.

Back to Palomas. This is a bit lengthy and off-topic, but it's border related.

Even today, it is a very small village, but much more economically prosperous than in the 90s. Great place to visit and see the typical border tourist setup without the congestion and hassle of the far larger border cities.  It has a thriving optical and dental industry and folks get care every bit as good as anything in the US for a fraction of the cost (some folks get care for less than their deductible would be in the US.

Eat and shop at the Pink Store (a whole block south of the border), which combines really good food with curio shopping that ranges from cheesy to elegant. Plus, as you walk around the store they will ply you with free beer and margaritas (and you are not obligated to do any more than just look). It's a winning marketing strategy.

Be sure to try some Indio beer, which is not imported into the US (it should be...it is excellent).

See the huge Pancho Villa, Gen Pershing and Obregón bronze statues. Palomas was from where Villa raided Columbus NM (3 mi north) in 1916, launching a US Army campaign (which failed) to capture Villa. However it was the proving ground for many future US military greats (Patton was there) for the upcoming involvement in WWI and represented the first US use of a mechanized and aviating army. Patton perhaps was the greatest beneficiary of the experience and he learned well as he demonstrated in WWII.

Palomas is proud of Pancho and his exploits, as is Columbus of their performance during the raid, and all are celebrated every March. 2019 will be the 20th anniversary of this event and it's very much worth attending. Things kick off with a cabalgata horseback ride from Palomas into Columbus.

Camping is at the Pancho Villa State Park which is on the site of the army's Camp Furlong that was established for the Mexico excursion. Quite a few remains of the camp are preserved and scattered among the campsites. The state park museum is excellent and the Columbus town museum directly across the highway is equally interesting even though literally crammed with artifacts and a bit disorganized.

I have been to the celebration a number of times and was at the 100th anniversary of the raid in 2016. That particular year was highlighted by the attendance of Pancho Villa's great-grandson (Antonio Villa), and Gen Patton's granddaughter ( Helen Patton, who traveled from France, where she lives). Both spoke at length in an historical presentation.

The 2016 event is described here
https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/2016/02/15/cabalgata-binacional-plans-annual-gallop/80419086/

Another view here
https://www.abqjournal.com/735505/southern.html

One more for those interested
http://www.elpasoinc.com/news/local_news/friendship-across-the-frontier-villa-cavalcade/article_b7cee3e0-f500-11e5-b68b-1794b6023408.html
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Re: Boquillas Port of Entry Question
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2018, 06:48:06 AM »
Great info presidio.  Columbus is also one of the 3 southern termini for the Continental Divide Trail.
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