Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 1982 300SD
Location: Bel AIr, MD
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RE: Mexico will not allow US to build border wall.
You have some knowledge of the immigrant problem. Yes, in Bel Air, we have few immigrants, however, my business carries me from central PS, to northern VA, so my exposure to them is greater than you would normally think.
At a previous job, I had a supervisor who was a displaced Jordanian. His family farm had been taken over by the Israeli occupation. His father refused the payment they were offered, feeling it was better to allow it to be stolen, than to put a veil of legitimacy over it. He cannot return to his homeland,as he is afraid he will be picked up for military service.
He is a great guy. I really miss working for him. He was kind-hearted and gentle, but highly emotional. He now laughs about an incident that happened a few years ago--He was asked to drive his supervisor to the airport for a flight. He naturally agreed, forgetting that he was dressed in camo overalls. His supervisor asked him to walk him to the gate,and again he agreed. Security was curious about this swarthy, fully bearded man of middle eastern appearnace in combat clothing walking thru the airport, and they "invited" him to join them for an interview. He agreed,forgetting, again, the knife he always carried in his boot. He says it was a bit tense, for a while, but he and his supervisor were able to convince everyone that he was not dangerous. He was relieved that they did not search his vehicle where they would have found his machette.
He is a devout Muslum. I had to learn not to admire any small possession of his, as he would offer to me, as a gift. Shabah, is that a cultural, or religious thing? How should one handle the offer, without wanting to offend, nor wanting to take stuff?