Border Patrol releases PSA on highway checkpoints

Updated: Thu 7:58 PM, Nov 13, 2014
By: Christian von Preysing -Email


LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - The U.S. Border Patrol says you are required to answer all immigration questions at highway checkpoints.

The agency released that information in a public service announcement Thursday.

The PSA points to a 1976 Supreme Court ruling, agents have a right to do inspections and ask immigration questions at checkpoints.

"We have laws that give us the authority to have immigration checkpoints," said Agent Berin Salas, a spokesperson for the Border Patrol in Laredo Sector.

Salas said a driver who reaches a checkpoint is legally detained. He said that's the basis used to require answers to immigration questions.

"The checkpoint is like a second line of defense. And it's important because it denies routes to criminal organizations to smuggle people and/or drugs," said Salas.