WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-white01, ww color white

Politics

US Northern Border Checks Scaled Back

View Comments
(credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

(credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. WCCO Interview: Girl Behind 'Simon Says Give'
  2. Premeditated Murder Charges Dropped In Waseca Plot Case
  3. 4 Things To Know For 7/29
  4. Lakeville Firefighters Shave Heads For Girl Undergoing Chemo
  5. Polaris Debuts New Slingshot Motorcycle

SEATTLE (AP) – The U.S. Border Patrol has quietly stopped its controversial practice of routinely searching buses, trains and airports for illegal immigrants at transportation hubs along the northern border and in the nation’s interior.

Current and former Border Patrol agents tell The Associated Press that field offices around the country began receiving the order last month. It came soon after the Obama administration announced it would focus immigration efforts on deporting criminals.

The checks typically involved agents questioning people at transportation hubs who appeared suspicious. Critics called it racial profiling.

The union for Border Patrol agents says they can now only respond to the hubs if they have “actionable intelligence.”

Two agents described the directive to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus