At Least Ferry Riders Here Aren’t Getting SearchedApril 22nd, 2008 by ed friedrich
The Associated Press rewrote a Seattle Times story about ferry riders between San Juan Island and Anacortes getting tired of being bothered by border cops. Check it out below.
Searches anger some San Juan ferry riders
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — Some San Juan Island residents are angry about Border Patrol inspections that began in February on the ferry run to Anacortes.
Residents say the searchers and questioning are intrusive and unnecessary on a domestic route. Federal agents say they’re looking for terrorists trying to smuggle through the San Juan Islands.
Of the 43 people arrested since February, 38 have been from Mexico.
Friday Harbor Mayor David Jones says there’s a surge of indignation among people who are repeatedly questioned about their citizenship.
Some residents have asked the American Civil Liberties Union for advice. One ACLU lawyer, Matt Adams, says unless they have a reasonable suspicion, immigration agents don’t have a right to detain anyone already in the country.