New York’s Constitution-Free Zone Leading to Warrantless Bus Searches and Detentions

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by Joe Wright, Activist Post:

An increasing number of people are becoming exposed to the fact that they reside within a “Constitution-Free Zone,” as it has been dubbed by the ACLU for many years. In fact, it is estimated that 200 million people (2/3 of the populace) are likely to have their 4th Amendment protections completely disregarded by border patrol, as well as to encounter other routine violations unbecoming to a land of the free.

Nearly all of New York state, for example, lies within a 100-mile region that extends inward from all borders of the nation as shown in the image below.

As the video above introduces, the definition of “border patrol” also no longer means dealing strictly with human agents. The deployment of drones, biometricsDNA collectionelectronics searchesand even social media checks are spreading as well.

This reality appears to be dawning on more residents, as “daily citizenship checks” have begun to spread to buses across states like Maine, and now predominately upstate New York, according to a new report from Syracuse.com. Moreover, it appears that many of the people who are being caught in the fishing expedition are demonstrably either long-term residents and/or those who are in the process of becoming legal.

Miguel Robles was on his way to New York City from Cleveland in August last year when the bus he was riding stopped to pick up passengers in Rochester.

Border Patrol agents boarded the bus and asked the five Latino men on it for papers, Robles said through an interpreter. When they asked him for his paperwork, he showed them papers from his Green Card application, which is pending in immigration court in Cleveland, he said.

“They put me in handcuffs,” Robles said. He said agents told him his application to be a legal, permanent resident didn’t matter.

Robles, 36, is married to a U.S. citizen and has 11-year-old twin boys who are also U.S. citizens. He works in construction in Cleveland, he said. He entered the U.S. illegally from the Dominican Republic 12 years ago.

Robles was taken to the federal immigration detention center in Batavia. While there, he said, agents pressured him to sign a voluntary removal order. If Robles had signed, he would give up his right to argue his immigration case and be fast-tracked for deportation.

Robles wound up being in detention for a month even as his Green Card application is on file and pending. And, according to immigration attorneys who have been receiving calls from others who were questioned about their documents, the overwhelming majority were already U.S. citizens or international students in the country legally. This is the exact definition of a dragnet fishing expedition.

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