So, I kinda doubt we have many lawyers here, but maybe one of the smart guys can help me with this. Going north on SR 90 from Sierra Vista toward Tucson, there is a Border Patrol checkpoint at which every vehicle is stopped and the question of "Are you a US citizen?" is asked. My question is this: Is this checkpoint legal? By going through a law enforcement checkpoint, am I not technically being detained without probable cause or reasonable suspicion? I personally don't care, as it gives me an opportunity for humor when I answer the question with some dumb, nonsensical spanish answer like (forgive my spelling) "La jaqueta es caliente en el bano" or "Dios bendiga a America, y nadia mas". I am sure I butchered the spelling there, but I know how to say it. Anyway, the only people who should be worried about a BP checkpoint are illegals, the only people who should worry about a DUI checkpoint are drunk drivers, the only people who should worry about a gun control checkpoint are gun owners, the only people who should worry about a literature checkpoint are people who own banned books, and so on. Is this a violation of our rights?
"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
8 years 2 weeks ago, 3:45 AM