Tensions over Border Patrol Checkpoints Continue to SimmerMarch 9th, 2009 by josh farley
The U.S. Border Patrol’s increased presence on the Olympic Peninsula continues to keep area residents fired up — on both sides of the debate.
The Peninsula Daily News reports that over the weekend, the Port Angeles-based Stop the Checkpoints group led 40 people in a protest of the checkpoint stops, which the Border Patrol has been randomly conducting since their staff on the peninsula ramped up from four to 24.
Meanwhile less than two miles away, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps — led by Hal Washburn, reportedly of Olalla — had about 100 people who promoted and praised the border patrol’s efforts to thwart illegal immigration on the peninsula.
The daily news also recorded a video of both, which you can watch here.
Since the border patrol’s increased arrival, it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing in a state known for its libertarian roots. (Remember Gov. Gregoire’s proposed DUI checkpoints? Yeah, didn’t go over too well.) Nonetheless, they’re utilizing a federal law that allows them to stop and ID residents within 100 miles of any U.S. border.