The Obama Administration’s decision to evoke “prosecutorial discretion” and not deport or otherwise detain people who are in the United States illegally — and allow them to continue moving away from border regions to the interior of the country — has created an unintended consequence for American citizens: A U.S. Border Patrol that is becoming more active further away from U.S. boundaries, particularly with Mexico.
As reported by OffGridSurvival.com, as much of the country has debated the issue of illegal immigration as it pertains to border security and the “rights” of illegal immigrants, federal officials have quietly begun establishing Border Patrol checkpoints as far inland as 60 miles. And while some may see that as a good thing, “they may have second thoughts once they learn who the Border Patrol is actually targeting,” the website reported.
Continuing, the site noted: Over the last decade, the United States Border Patrol have been moved from patrolling the borders, to patrolling the interior of the country; setting up some 170 internal traffic checkpoints, as deep as 60 miles inside the United States border. While the U.S. Government claims these checkpoints are meant to deter illegal immigration, the majority of the people caught up in these checkpoints are U.S. Citizens. It’s a problem that is certainly on the radar screens of some of the nation’s civil rights groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which notes the broad scope of such checkpoints on the organization’s website:
Even in places far removed from the border, deep into the interior of the country, immigration officials enjoy broad–though not limitless–powers. Specifically, federal regulations give U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authority to operate within 100 miles of any U.S. “external boundary.” More