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Protest Planned Against Border Patrol Checkpoints

Apparently not everyone is thrilled at the idea of U.S. border patrol checkpoints on the Olympic Peninsula.

A group called the “Stop the Checkpoints Committee” will host a rally at the Port Angeles federal building, followed by a March.

The border patrol has been holding checkpoints around the Olympic Peninsula — including two just on the other side of the Hood Canal Bridge — looking for illegal immigrants, terrorists and other threats to national security.

The border patrol says it’s using a federal law that authorizes the checkpoints “a reasonable distance” from the U.S. border. That distance has been determined to be 100 miles.

The flyer claims the rally is to “DEFEND immigrant workers and their families,” and also says: “NO Police State on the Olympic Peninsula.” The protest will begin at 1 p.m. in downtown Port Angeles.