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El Paso Border Patrol reportedly closes inland checkpoints and reassigns agents to border

  1. Date Announced

    March 23, 2019

    Press reports that the El Paso Border Patrol, which has responsibility for parts of New Mexico and Texas, has temporarily closed its inland highway checkpoints. It has redeployed its checkpoint agents to the border to process and transport asylum seekers. [ID #385]

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Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP

Prior Policies

  • "The Border Patrol for decades has operated a series of checkpoints within 100 miles of the border, usually on major highways. Most motorists pass through after a cursory citizenship question, but agents occasionally pull motorists over for more in-depth questioning. The primary use of the checkpoints in recent years has been drug seizures."

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