Civil rights groups are upset with a recent crackdown on illegal immigration that’s taking place far from the U.S. Southern border.
Border Patrol agents said they made nine drug seizures and two arrests during an 11-hour checkpoint operation, CBS Boston reported.
The checkpoint was set up near the remote town of Lincoln, Maine, where U.S. agents are asking motorists for proof of citizenship.
Customs and Border Protection told CBS that the New England checkpoints are “a means of preventing smuggling organizations from exploiting existing transportation systems to travel to the interior of the United States.”
“Travelers have the right to remain silent,” according to the agency statement. “Travelers who cooperate are passed through quickly, unless the agent suspects they are in violation of federal law. Travelers who refuse to cooperate may be referred to a secondary examination area to allow agents to conduct additional questioning to determine the traveler’s citizenship or residency.”
Another three-day checkpoint in New Hampshire resulted in five arrests of illegal aliens from Mexico, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Brazil, CBS reported.
The New Hampshire checkpoint is the first of its kind in five years and was located about 90 miles south of the U.S. Northern border, according to CBS.
“Immigration police in this country are emboldened,” Gilles Bissonette, legal director of the ACLU of New Hampshire, said in statement after 17 people were arrested during a Memorial Day weekend operation. “We’re seeing it not only nationally, but right here in New Hampshire.”
Despite sneaking into the country illegally at tax payers’ expense and multiple drug seizures, local ACLU chapters are fighting the checkpoints.
According to CBS:
The ACLU in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont filed suit in May against US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seeking records on Border Patrol checkpoints and bus raids, ICE arrests at courthouses and what it said were the targeted arrests of immigrants’ rights activists.
The Northern crackdowns come during media hysteria over the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that had illegal immigrant families temporarily separated at the Southern border.
Democrats and the liberal media have fiercely ginned up anger over the situation that President Trump inherited and is trying to end. The rhetoric has so far resulted in numerous threats, and public displays of intimidation against Trump officials and allies. Meanwhile, for the safety of Americans, the Trump administration has been busy with its crackdown on both borders.
“Illegal immigrants first” should be the campaign slogan for Democrats going into the midterms.
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