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    Posted January 11, 2014 by
    ilenbell
    Location
    Tucson, Arizona

    Border Patrol Harassment and Profiling Caught on Recording

     

    I live in Benson, Arizona and for the past two years, I have had to go through a border patrol check point on Highway 90 in Whetstone, AZ. After many requests for additional searches, unnecessary questioning and harassment - I decided to record my conversation with members of Border Patrol in the Tucson sector when I was asked to go through secondary screenings. The video/recording sheds light on the U.S. Border Patrol's recklessness and their ability to operate with the free pass to act on "mere suspicion" - bias or gut feelings. In the recording an agent boasts about not having to provide a reason as to why he felt that I needed to be moved to secondary screening, exit my vehicle and have a drug sniffing dog inspect my car; while also bragging about being protected by unions, when notified that I would file a formal complaint.

     

    I am a military combat veteran, have a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security and know that what is captured on this recording shows the heavy bias and untouchable bravado that Border Patrol agents operate under. When I requested to speak to a supervisor, he also, admitted that "there's no exact standard" to establish who should be made to exit their vehicle, have drug sniffing dogs inspect their vehicle, and held for unnecessary amounts of time; because everything is "based on how the agent feels," making personal bias and agendas totally acceptable.

     

    The more people that become aware of how the Border Patrol operates their check points, the better!

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