An exchange between Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Brasfield and U.S. Border Patrol Chief John Bates this week — before a packed Chimacum High School auditorium — saw an interesting confrontation, according to the Peninsula Daily News.
Bates was asked by a person in the crowd this question: what would happen if a driver refused to give identification to a federal agent at a border patrol checkpoint, writes Reporter Erik Hidle.
Bates replied they’d need help from Brasfield’s deputies.
Brasfield said no-can-do. “I’m sorry,
but we would not get involved. We do not have any rights to issue
an infraction in that situation,” Hidle quoted Brasfield as
“The standing room only crowd erupted
into a round of applause,” Hidle wrote.
And thus the saga of the border patrol’s bolstering of resources on the north peninsula continues.
To brush up on the border patrol’s checkpoint woes, click here.
To read an attorney’s account of the legalities of the border patrol checkpoints, click here.