Post details: Illegal Border Patrol Traffic Stops Get The Attention of the ACLU

2012-08-04

Permalink 22:58:00, Categories: News, Right to Travel, Homeland Security?, 509 words   English (EU)

Illegal Border Patrol Traffic Stops Get The Attention of the ACLU

Over the past several years, Roadblock Revelations has published several articles regarding illegal enforcement action by roving patrols manned by armed Border Patrol agents operating no where near an international border. Some of these articles involved me directly - see:

While others did not:

Some have even involved Border Patrol agents or their family members as victims of other overzealous agents conducting illegal roving patrol operations:

Given so many examples of routine lawbreaking by Border Patrol agents not patrolling the border they're paid to patrol, it was good to finally see some organizations dedicated to fighting unconstitutional government activity finally taking notice earlier this year.

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In late April of 2012, the ACLU of Washington State and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project teamed up to file a lawsuit against the United States Border Patrol for illegal CBP roving patrol practices in Washington State. The lawsuit highlights three individuals who have been repeatedly seized and interrogated by Border Patrol agents on roving patrol absent reasonable suspicion to believe they were unlawfully in the United States. Two of the individuals are correctional officers and the other is an 18 year old high school student. All three are United States citizens.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the Border Patrol has violated the plaintiff's rights & exceeded Customs And Border Protection's statutory authority. The lawsuit also seeks an injunction against further vehicle stops absent reasonable suspicion & until such time as all Blaine sector Border Patrol agents have received adequate training regarding reasonable suspicion and the agency institutes a policy of documenting the reason for all vehicle stops, not just those resulting in an arrest.

It should be noted that Border Patrol behavior and policies noted in the lawsuit complaint routinely take place in all Border Patrol sectors. It just so happens that the level of Border Patrol activity in the Blaine sector is relatively recent and Washington State's Olympic Peninsula residents haven't been conditioned to it for decades like residents of the Southwest and are far less willing to put up with it.

Links to articles highlighting the recent lawsuit appear below:

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FYI: The video appearing below was from a roving patrol stop I was subjected to late at night along a deserted stretch of desert highway in May of 2008:


Comments:

In the coming weeks- the US Border Patrol will hold a grand opening for their new $9.8 million 50 agent station at Port Angeles, WA.

Still no justification provided by elected officials or the US Border Patrol for an upgrade in staff requiring the 50 agent facility.

The US Border Patrol at Port Angeles has stopped 2 people from illegally crossing into the US. That incident took place more than 2 years ago.

More than a year has passed Re: A Port Angeles Border Patrol whistleblower investigation Re: fraudulent overtime claims. Investigation status is unknown.

USBP arrest statistics at Port Angeles are secret-
March 2011- Local paper submits FOIA request for USBP arrest numbers to justify new 50 agent station. FOIA request denied. FOIA appeal denied.

See related news links at the link posted by my name above. See additional news links and background info here:

http://oakbaystarfish.com/2012/03/02/secret-arrest-statistics-usbp-port-angeles/



Permalink 2012-08-08 @ 11:20
Comment from: VAPA [Visitor]
Good on the citizens of the northwest for standing up to this intrusion into the rights of American citizens. Keep it up!
Permalink 2012-08-08 @ 11:32
Comment from: Alex Port Hadlock [Visitor] · http://oakbaystarfish.com/2012/08/26/news-tipstory-idea/
Update:

Judge allows lawsuit against Border Patrol:

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20120831/news/308319994/judge-allows-lawsuit-against-border-patrol

The PDN story above seems to indicate that the lawsuit is somehow about immigrant rights.

The Seattle Weekly is more clear:

"The Border Patrol had asked the judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit against the agency filed by three Olympic Peninsula residents--all U.S. citizens and two of them correctional officers--who said they had been stopped and questioned by Border Patrol agents for no discernible reason other than their dark skin."

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2012/08/border_patrols_bad_week_federa.php

People get very worked up about immigration. Some seem to have an illegal alien fetish.

Plenty of news stories Re: immigration/illegal aliens on the Olympic Peninsula.

Zero reporting that points out that the Port Angeles US Border Patrol has stopped just 2 people from illegally entering the US.

That incident took place more tan 2 years ago.
Permalink 2012-09-05 @ 08:43
Comment from: Charles Eakins [Visitor]
I was living on the Olympic Peninsula when they had a check point set up, and participated in a protest march at the BP hq in Port Angeles. I also got to go through my first check point in Arizona, which I sent you a link to a video of. I think it would be very effective if we could organize a mass protest by going through the check point en mass and tying up traffic for miles by a large group all going through and refusing to answer their questions.
Permalink 2012-09-19 @ 01:10

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While I refer to court cases along with state and federal law frequently in this blog, nothing written here should be construed as legal advice. I am not an attorney. Rather, I'm someone concerned about the growing disregard for individual rights present at all levels of government.

My conclusions are my own based upon personal experience and research. The law is made purposely complex however and varies significantly from place to place and circumstance to circumstance.

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