Gawd I'm pissed. I'm not sure this fits here, but anyways: A neighbour, a guy around 36ish has been humping appliances for years. He's good at it, gets lots of private jobs as well. He's big, brainy and yearns for stability. He's always wanted to drive the big rigs, is fascinated by ev. big rig. He pays big money to get the proper training, new passport, passes all the air brakes/safety tests. Finally after about 5 months he's done it. Thrilled. Gets his first job with a trucking company that trains him with pay and then sends him off on his first job, 2 drivers, (to Oklahoma) the experienced one to teach him manifests etc. at the border. He's so excited and we give him a big send-off, good luck blah blah. He gets to the border and is immediately deported. Why? Because 18 years ago at age around 18 he got one impaired charge. He was a kid and the U.S. had this information.
He phones and tells me this. Needs to stay in a motel until other driver gets back up to border town to pick him up and bring him home. He was informed it'll cost him 700 bucks to clear this for the U.S. and other costs, up to a thousand dollars and they inform him it will take 6 months to a year to get it done. Is this fair? No, of course not. He is being railroaded and the money to clear him goes to the U.S. authorities. Something is very wrong when every little single thing about a person is known by the U.S. border and they have a fix-it for you, that costs big money and goes to their coffers. Meantime, I guess he has to go back to humping appliances for the big-wig condo owners. Sux!