The gentleman going through the 'immigration' checkpoints has brass ones, and he deserves a lot of credit. I have driven across the country numerous
times on I-10, back & forth, back & forth. I've always cooperated with the checkpoints. But, I always felt uneasy. The number of surveillance
cameras and other intelligence gathering equipment on display is very suspect. I believe, among other things, that this is used to track your
travels. My image in their database will tell them that I went eastbound on I-10, then returned going westbound 5 days later. Is that
The last time I went across Texas and went through the eastbound 'immigration' checkpoint, the female border patrol agent asked a lot of questions
that really concerned me. She asked my name, where i was coming from, where i was going to, why I was traveling, what my profession was, if I owned
the vehicle I was in, and if i had any drugs or firearms in the car. Honestly, I'm surprised she didn't ask for my 'papers'. I felt extremely
This type of questioning is, in my opinion, not legal. Like the gentleman in the video said, as an American citizen I have the right to travel
anywhere I want within the contiguous 48 states. Yes, it's a dragnet for illegals. Yes, they have drug and bomb sniffing dogs on duty. But take my
picture? Record my license plate? Have the dog sniff around my car? C'mon.
I've thought about doing exactly what this guy did. But, after they told me to pull over, I would not have the guts to say no. So, I put up with it.
Who wants to be detained when they're traveling like that?
A college buddy of mine was told to pull over at the same checkpoint. He was a TX citizen returning home from school, and his SUV was packed full.
They removed every item in his car, and from boxes, and laid it out. Then, they had a drug sniffing dog go over each piece. Did they find anything?
Of course not. And he was the one that had to pack it all back up. They didn't lift a finger.
The stop at the AZ/CA border, where they ask if you have any fruit in your vehicle, is very simple and I think they have a good reason for asking.
The last thing CA needs is an invasive species or some kind of crop-killing bug that you may bring into their state.
We are led to believe we live in a free country but, if we let them, it won't be long before there are 'immigration' dragnets at every state
edit on 1-8-2013 by Synallaxis because: Added a little bit.