reply to post by Mercenary2007
Yes, Mercenary....that makes perfect sense. BUT, from the video, this guy was in a Ford Sedan. To allege that he was possibly a 'coyote' smuggling
illegals is ludicrous.
jfj still has a point....IF we comply, sheepishly (my word) then we risk the erosion of our basic principles, and our Rights as Citizens.
Of course, a simple rolling down the window, they see you're 'white' and you don't have an accent....and they wave you on your way. Is THAT what
you want? Because it treads dangerously close to a 'racial profiling' edge of the cliff.....
I had pondered a question earlier, up above: Are the Border Patrol (ICE) officers in their jurisdiction as 'peace officers' when it comes to
demanding to see an 'Operator's License'?? Understanding, of course, that your 'privelege' to operate on a 'Public Highway' or 'street'
depends upon having in possession a valid Driver's License, and current registration and insurance info re: your vehicle.
In other words, DO the Border Agents have the right and authority to demand to see the DL?
Compared to an actual Peace Officer who will pull you over, and want to see 'license, registration and proof of insurance...'.
The major difference I see here is: When you are operating your vehicle in a legal manner, and you have no obvious vehicle violations, i.e., loud
pipes, broken/inop lights, etc....and you are not weaving or exhibiting signs of impairment, then there is no probable cause for the PO to pull you
over. I got pulled over just the other night, as example, because unknown to me my brake light was out on one side. I have the 'cyclops' light in
the trunk lid, of course....but the left 'brake' light was out. One can check the other lights, but without help, or extra effort, such as backing
up against a wall and tapping your brakes to check, (and who does this?) I had no idea.
It was a no-drama event, all was well, and I knew to replace the bulb.
These 'check-points' that I've only recently been made aware of, through these threads on ATS, show me a fairly frightening view of the incremental
steps of a possible over-all plan to erode certain rights.
Too many words....I'm not known for brevity...but the gist is: YES, driving on an Inter-State HighWay is a privelege. But, equally, a law-abiding
citizen in a duly registered and licensed vehicle MUST be given the benefit of the doubt, UNLESS some sort of suspicious and/or probable cause
behavior is observed.
To/From a Border crossing? Well, of course....we submit. That is reasonable.
An average citizen, in a Ford Sedan, on an InterState Highway that just 'happens' to be near the Mexican border? A certain amount of discretion
could have been used by the officers....for instance, stop the big panel vans with no windows. With suspicious license plates....which brings me
to....the mere fact that EVERY car that is stopped for inspection has a license plate. To think that the ICE doesn't have the same access to the
plate data as other law enforcement databases is to infer that they aren't given the inter-agency tools to properly do their jobs.
Summation: The tactics employed and advocated by these US Citizens are wavering on the cliff's edge of legality....BUT they are attempting to make a
point. AND, hate to say it, but IF you are not 'lily white' and you attempt these 'tactics'....good luck!!!!