September 28, 2013
Cameron County DPS checkpoints will verify Immigration Status starting October 1st
In the past few weeks, concerned citizens of Cameron and Willacy County started protesting against random checkpoint that the local DPS implemented in the most busiest streets and Expressways of their county. The whole purpose of the checkpoints is to verify if the motorists where complying with State Laws concerning insurance information and license plates and inspection stickers to be in order. But angry locals are stating that Border Patrol Agents also started asking for citizens papers and proof that the motorists where legal in the Country.
Last week students of the University of Texas at Edinburgh and the Newly Formed TSTC protested near Expressway 77 stating that their rights where being violated and that DPS did not cared about motorists breaking the law that in fact the checkpoints where used to target and capture illegal immigrants that work illegally in the cities of Brownsville, Harlingen, Mission and Mcallen.
After a week of denying the evind, Sheriff Lucio announced today that in fact, starting October 1st, all motorists will have to comply to Border Patrol Agents regulations of showing proof of their citizenship, where they live, and if the motorists that are stopped are Mexican Nationals they are going to have to provide information as to why they are driving illegally and will also be subjected to showing them paperwork related to the registration, ownership, and insurance of the motor vehicle, the reason they are driving in which ever city they are stopped and comply to Border Patrol to impound, relocate or take away the vehicle during interrogation.
The following counties will have these checkpoints starting next week and motorists are advises that if they are stopped the fines could range up to 2,500 dollars with a minimum of 30 days imprisonment.