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DHS Checkpoint Blog Entry 8: Posing for Posterity

On April 1, 2008, I was briefly stopped at the same internal suspicionless Homeland Security checkpoint I've been stopped & seized at many times before (note - I incorrectly indicated it was April 2nd in the video).

This checkpoint has been in continuous operation, day & night, since January 2008. It's located over 40 miles North of the border along SR86, near mile marker 146, in Southern Arizona.

While this particular checkpoint stop is relatively unremarkable as far as suspicionless seizures by armed federal agents go, I post it for its historical significance.

Agent Villa, the stopping agent, allows me to pass with minimum fuss. This isn't the case several weeks later when Agent Villa along with Agent Cruz stop and seize me again at the same checkpoint.



Added: Jan-7-2009 Occurred On: Apr-1-2008
By: CheckpointUSA
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Tags: Border Patrol, Homeland Security, Checkpoint, Immigration, Police State
Location: Three points, Arizona, United States (load item map)
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  • You must live in southern Arizona.
    So you must know of the MASSIVE amount of illegal immigrants and drug traffickers that pass through southern Arizona.

    You must work in Arizona so you HAD to have seen the MASSIVE number of illegal workers here in various businesses. You would have seen the change in the construction workforce these past 20 years and the wages barely move. Try being a contractor. The amount of illegal workers was absurd. Nor is there any draw from our youth for apprenticeship More..

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  • Do you understand the definition of the word "seize?" They can stop you, but I am not sure how they "seized" you. haha, you're weird.

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    • I'm guessing I know what the definition is a little better than you. Here's a few quotes from The U.S. Supreme Court that should help you out:

      "The Fourth Amendment applies to all seizures of the person, including seizures that involve only a brief detention short of traditional arrest."
      - U.S. v. Brignoni-Ponce

      "It is agreed that checkpoint stops are 'seizures' within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."
      - U.S. v Martinez-Fuerte

      "The Court assumes, and I certainly a More..

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  • Yawn!!!!!!!!

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  • OK next time your stopped I want you to shout GUN and keep your camera rolling

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  • poor dhs, dont know how to apply themselves. Better leave the work to the big dogs DOD!

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  • Wow, what a trauma that was. Probably years of therapy in your future as a result.

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  • My friend you are a ******* full bred ass hole. Get a life. As a matter of fact why don't you pack your bags and buy a one way ticket out of this country. You ******* liberals make me sick. Actually I hope some of the heroin that makes it to the US gets into your kids arm. Better yet I hope that illegal alien that made it through that checkpoint slaughters your whole family for a plasma TV and gameboy. If we're lucky maybe Muhammad can sneak an explosive device through that checkpoint and blow i More..

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  • Based on the comments here people don't seem to be getting the point that the guy taking these videos has. The agents at the checkpoints have not been properly trained, and they appear to repeatedly go outside the authority that they have.

    In the short-term this is an issue that is bad for the lawabiding citizens involved.

    The long-term problems this can create are the practice extending elsewhere (police state), _or_ a judicial/legislative backlash _against_ such checkpoints (less effective b More..

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  • You moron! How do you think we are supposed to catch illegals sneaking in - NOT TO MENTION trying to catch terrorists who are so able to sneak into the country to do us harm?

    Do you have something to hide? Well, you must if you object to HLS trying to do this very unpleasant task.
    I am sure these men and women would rather be doing other things, and just remember - they are putting themselves at risk trying to keep YOU safe.

    The US has many laws that tie the hands of law enforcement as it is . More..

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  • Douchebag...They let you go through without search or siezure...You are a douchebag and should be using your energy to support them.

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  • keep up the good work checkpointusa

    dont mind the paid government trolls here at LL

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  • land of the free?

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    • Oh, the irony. Go post a video of a baby being spun and get back to us about freedom, OK?

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    • BTW, don't you have manditory voting and what's the situation with your police and DUI checkpoints?

      Still want to compare freedoms?

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    • yes.voting is mandatory here.as it should be.if you do not vote.....$55 fine.i recently received a letter asking why i did not turn up to vote in the last local government elections.i had not missed one since i enrolled to vote.(when i was 22...rebelliousness and such)i expected to receive such a letter.my excuse was already a foregone conclusion...i had a terrible migraine on the day(i'm sure that the local community would not appreciate my vomitting all over the place)...so.i accounted for my More..

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    • lol failing to vote gets you a $55 fine (something you support), we have the infamous babyswing-gate and you want to debate "freedom".

      Cheers

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    • one of my defining moments in life....politically speaking.
      one evening around the dinner table..some political event was being discussed.i put forward my opinion.i was asked "have you enrolled to vote?"-that was when i was 20.i answered in the negative.
      i was told"well then...your opinion doesn't count.how can you have an opinion if you refuse to vote for anyone whom claims to represent your opinion in parliament ?" i took that to heart and thought about it for a while.it ma More..

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