Two recent articles in the main stream media highlight what most of us who live and work within 100 miles of the southern border have known for years. Interior Border Patrol checkpoints/roadblocks are ineffective, inefficient and rife with abuse.
Citing recently released ACLU documentation, the Associated Press reports that interior Border Patrol immigration checkpoints are responsible for less than 1% of illegal alien interdictions per year. See:
This despite the fact the Border Patrol allocates on the order of 10% of sector resources to interior checkpoint operations annually.
Also referencing the recent ACLU report regarding Border Patrol malfeasance, The New York Times wrote a far more comprehensive article. See:
I’m currently reviewing the recent ACLU report myself along with thousands of pages of documentation accompanying it. CBP illegally withheld the documentation from the ACLU when the organization formally requested it last year.
In order to compel CBP and the Border Patrol to comply with the law, the ACLU was forced to sue the agencies for violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). While it’s my understanding the lawsuit is ongoing and the Border Patrol is still refusing to release thousands of additional pages of documentation responsive to the ACLU’s request, what has been released so far is damning in itself.
I’ll be writing more about the ACLU’s recent findings regarding interior Border Patrol enforcement operations but the articles referenced above should serve as a good primer.