Sen. Patty Murray says she’s successfully advanced an amendment to the immigration overhaul bill that shrinks what is in essence a Constitution-free zone along the border.
And by along the border, we mean anything within a two hour drive of the Great White North.
Under current law, federal border agents can enter private land without a warrant within 25 miles of an international boundary and stop vehicles subjectively within 100 miles of “any external boundary.”
The law essentially makes Seattle a border town, as far as federal agents are concerned, though in practice the Border Patrol’s strongest tactics have been seen on the Olympic Peninsula.
There, Mexican immigrants have been detained and deported after being snatched up in one of Border Patrol’s “suspicionless checkpoints.”
“For years the border patrol has set up checkpoints that disrupt commerce and hassle residents. This amendment provides our federal officers the tools they need to keep our border safe while also focusing our Custom and Border Patrol agents on their mission near the border.”