The Border Patrol has beefed up its efforts, which include train and bus checks, through a post-9/11 infusion of antiterrorism funding. Agency officials said they do not know how many immigrants it has detained through the patrols, but considers the policy a vital enforcement tool.
The Border Patrol also denied accounts of profiling. An official said the agency is following a federal law that allows agents to make warrantless stops within a reasonable distance from the country's borders, about 100 miles. The practice helps to catch criminals, contraband and people crossing the Canadian border illegally. It also allows agents to arrest undocumented immigrants traveling from state to state, authorities said.
Bus, train passengers: Border Patrol racial profiling at times
So illegals are crossing our borders and are surprised at being stopped?
My favorite line:
"I'm not committing any crimes and I'm paying my taxes," said the man who asked not to be identified. "I dreamed of one day getting my papers."
1) You committed a crime by crossing illegally.
2) You work here illegally and are not paying the same taxes as a citizen but are utilizing our services.
3) When you get your papers, you're welcome to come back.