Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Crackdown by Immigration and Customs on Illegal Contraband

Borderland Beat By DD from a Valley article by Daisy Barrera

I join Lucio in wishing your a Happy Easter with your family.  However if you are in Mexico visiting family or friends for the holiday, be careful crossing the border when you return to the US.

US Customs and Border Protection agents are keeping a close eye out for a particular contraband that is illegal to bring back to the US except in very small quantities.  It is treated much as we treat marijuana.  Violations consisting of  possessing a small amount over the allowed amount are subject to a $1,000 fine, but possessing larger amounts might result in charges that you are a trafficker and result in a fine of up to $50,000.

Cascarones are a tradition in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  But the crossing of "cascarones" - egg shells - is closely regulated to help prevent the spread of Exotic Newcastle Disease, also known as END.
The highly contagious disease affects every bird species, and birds exposed to it are 90 percent likely to die, Customs and Border Protection said.

The colored and sometimes elaborately painted Easter eggs are sold by street vendors and tienditas across Mexico, many filled with confetti.   

The Easter eggs or “cascarones” are not being prohibited, but those crossing into the U.S. can only bring in a batch of 10 empty, clean and dried egg shells.

Those who violate the limit could face a fine of up to $1,000, and those importing for commercial sale could face a $50,000 fine.

On the US side of the border in the Rio Grande Valley at least, WalMart and HEB sell cartons of the eggs and they are clearly marked on the carton "made in Mexico".  Guess those laws don't apply to them.

In all probability, the border fences and walls that were built to prevent illegal smuggling of contraband and illegal border crossings do not stop many birds  from both sides of the border from crossing the border and laying eggs on the other side.  
It seems to me that those birds pose a greater threat to spreading Exotic Newcastle Disease
than families returning with Easter Eggs.  Maybe ICE needs to hire some bird hunters to make the border more secure.  Maybe we should also just buy some dye and make our own Easter eggs as I did when I was a kid.

Have a good Easter!


  1. Happy Easter BB
    Hope all of you and your familes have a great day!!

  2. G'dangneget, les van a quebrar las cascara de los huevos...

  3. WalMart doesn't sell them anymore... HEB still does.

  4. its not ICE its CBP
    and more specific the OFO
    office of field operations

    cbp is made up of OBP offive of border patrol and OFO office of field operations

  5. Walmart must own the world and everything on it, maybe not for a while, but they always come back to it...

  6. I get lost in all that alphabet soup. Sorry I mis-labeled one or more of the agencies which it sounds like you might be a part of.

    At least I don't have to try to remember MGCI which is what the Border Patrol grew out of. In 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in the United States. The Mounted Guard of Chinese Inspectors, (MGCI, I guess) was created to keep Chinese immigrants from entering the U.S.

  7. So what cause the END virus? The paint, shell, confetti, the egg itself or what n who cares like it said, Walmart has them with HECHO EN MEXICO label. Walmart knows whats good, anything to make a buck!!

  8. I live in the place its named after believe me there's nothing exotic about Newcastle lol

  9. An egg that kills a bird? How ironic!

  10. So True , Birds fly where ever they desire . Bust the decapitators and Mexican Terrorists . Top Priority . That's what Calvin Coolidge, Theodore Roosevelt or Harry Truman would do.

  11. Since nixxon became vicepresident on a checker's speech, the US has been steamrolled by a big snowball of popó, modern American presidents are not even pimples on the real presidents of yesterday, nowadays the motherfakers: stay, bought, but they roll on demand too and bark at each other once in a while...


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