Citizens Defying Border Patrol At Checkpoints, Recording Video

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No drugs or would-be immigrants were hidden in the sedan that rolled up to a Border Patrol checkpoint in Southern California last week, but within 90 seconds the driver was handcuffed. His 4-year-old boy was crying. A video camera on the car’s dashboard captured the moment. The motorist had said he was an American, but told the agent he did not have to say where he was going, would not consent to a search of his trunk and would not move his car, reports the Houston Chronicle. “You brought this on yourself buddy,” an agent says as he is led away.

Another traveler came through a checkpoint in El Paso this month, also with a video camera rolling. He, too, challenged the agent, saying he would not answer questions. After a few seconds he was curtly told, “get out of here.” These travelers are among the latest to join an informal alliance of people, possibly into the hundreds, recording their encounters at Border Patrol checkpoints on the many roads located within 100 miles of borders and coasts. n. There are 34 such permanent checkpoints along the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border. Some travelers appear to be making a stand for what they say is their rights, and contend that the government, which has long drawn support for doing whatever is needed to protect the borders, is going too far.

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