US Northern Border Checks Scaled Back

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.

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  • Noel Petit

    They were stopping trains in the U.S. that got closer to 100 miles of the border. What a police state!

    • Ummm

      That would be because sometimes the closest station where you can stop a train safely would be that far South.

  • mark

    Oh, that’s just great, cco., announce to all the secret cells in minnesota.

  • Obama for king

    This is the hope and change I voted for. I hope all the illegals come into Minnesota and take our jobs, welfare, free healthcare, homes, lifestyles, and then of course kick us out because we are lazy white people that do not do anything. Better yet, maybe a few terrorist types can sneak in and do some damage and kill the white Christian folk at the mall of America…. I like this hope and change.

    • Stem The Tide!!

      The influx of illegal Canadians streaming across the border must be stopped at all costs. The talk funny and don’t know how to play football right.

    • ez

      You are pathetic.

  • Murph

    Those camels would freeze to death in November on the border! If someone comes thru and don’t end every sentence with” hey! ” Shoot ’em!

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