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Interior border guard
checks spur ACLU complaint

Arizona Republic [Phoenix, AZ], by Bob Ortega

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 1/16/2014 2:14:55 PM

PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents routinely violate the constitutional rights of southern Arizona residents when they stop drivers at interior checkpoints on major highways and state routes near the border, according to an official complaint filed Wednesday. The complaint sent to Homeland Security´s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties alleges that checkpoint agents conduct searches and detain people without justification and use immigration enforcement as a pretext for "fishing expeditions" for potential criminal activity. The American Civil Liberties Union complaint details alleged violations against 15 U.S. citizens. It is the latest in a series of complaints about the checkpoints,

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Ahh yes, the ACLU once again works it magic and continues in the destruction of the laws if this country. Why bother with an immigration bill?? It won´t be enforced anyway and will be challenged at every turn. It´s absolutely infuriating.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/16/2014 2:19:38 PM     (No. 9694611)

I have lived in South Texas all my life. Immigration forces set up checkpoints on the vulnerable highways all the time. Everyone is stopped, everyone is asked questions and we all move on. Get over it, ACLU.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 1/16/2014 2:25:05 PM     (No. 9694617)

35 miles in? Why not 350 or 1000 miles in. Then we can all be detained.
Don´t get me wrong but when the WH throws immigration laws to the wind, why is this happening?

Seal the borders!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/16/2014 2:48:26 PM     (No. 9694652)

This one has me on the fence. On one hand, Im glad the USBP is doing its job, but on the other, they seem to be going outside their charter and "lookin" for other things.

The same thing happened to the US Coast Guard. Before, their main mission was life saving and maritime safety. Since DHS got ahold of them, they suddenly became "water cops", all carry sidearms, and they seem to perform an awful lot of "safety checks" on all boaters.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/16/2014 3:27:21 PM     (No. 9694701)

These interior check points are a pain and are wrong in so many ways. For years I have had to deal with stopping and waiting in long lines on the freeway no where near the border so that the democrats can get more illegals in here to vote. If we had a real border they would not be needed. Liberals only care about non-Americans, harassing Americans is never their concern of theirs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/16/2014 4:34:42 PM     (No. 9694762)

Just another effort to bring the immigration laws and their enforcement into disrepute.

They are probably hoping that the Obama crew will shutdown those checkpoints so that the smugglers of contraband and people will have a much easier time of it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 1/16/2014 4:38:24 PM     (No. 9694768)

I can´t believe conservatives are actually defending this. Internal checkpoints are something associated with tyrannical dictatorships, not free peoples. Regardless of the problems with immigration, this is not a solution to anything.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: plex, 1/16/2014 4:59:38 PM     (No. 9694802)

One should live in Southern AZ before commenting. Illegals cross the border well away from the highways and are picked up well inside the border and driven into cities. Checkpoints 30 miles from the border are necessary or you might as well not bother trying to stop illegal immigration.

A dog may sniff for drugs and the agent will evaluate the passengers and mostly wave you through. Profiling at its finest! We were once in a car driven by Canadians. When asked if everyone was a US citizen, they answered yes, and we moved on.

Sealing the border is a pipe dream unless you want a Berlin Wall (which would grossly interfere with migrating animals which must move north in the summer and south in the winter). It would be easy, though impolite, to post an armed agent every few hundred yards with rules of engagement that say, shoot them dead, then they will stop.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lyndsey, 1/16/2014 5:09:06 PM     (No. 9694816)

So does this mean we can do away with DUI checkpoints. I feel like my civil rights are being violated every time I get stopped at one!


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