I’ve included an article below highlighting another disturbing trend in the continued careless intermingling of local and federal enforcement agencies.
It seems that the U.S. Border Patrol is now working closely with the Pennsylvania State Police, the Ohio State Patrol and the New York State Police in a crackdown on so-called aggressive driving, impaired driving and speeding.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court has made it clear the U.S. Border Patrol has no authority to enforce state or local traffic laws, it’s equally clear the Border Patrol will be using traffic stops initiated by local and state law enforcement as a pretext to enforce federal immigration and smuggling laws:
“Border Patrol agents have no part in enforcing laws that regulate highway use, and their activities have nothing to do with an inquiry whether motorists and their vehicles are entitled, by virtue of compliance with laws governing highway usage, to be upon the public highways.” – U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce
On July 10, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court ruling regarding the legality of a regime of police checkpoints conducted in Washington, D.C. last year (see video above along with my previous post on this subject). Given that similar checkpoints are starting to pop up in cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore, the precedent set in this case should send a strong warning to police departments around the country.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.