Turns out that the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints that have ruffled some residents’ feathers on the Olympic Peninsula aren’t unique to our area.
The border patrol is conducting them in Vermont, Louisiana, New York and elsewhere, reports USA Today. And they’re not limited to stopping cars — they’re boarding buses, ferries and trains too.
Federal law allows the border patrol to stop anyone in transit, up to 100 miles from any international border crossing, in order to search for illegal immigrants. If other crimes are found to be committed — and no illegal aliens are found — the border patrol can investigate those crimes.