03/18/2014 08:29 am ET Updated Mar 18, 2014

Some Border Residents Getting Fed Up With Checkpoints


You drive up to the Border Patrol checkpoint, the agent asks your citizenship — or asks nothing at all — and you go on.

That’s the way drivers usually experience the Border Patrol’s many Southern Arizona checkpoints.

But your checkpoint experiences can change dramatically once you’ve had agents subject you to a deeper questioning, once they send you into “secondary” for a search with the dogs, and once you watch powerlessly, detained as your neighbors drive by. After that, anticipation of the checkpoint may begin before you leave your home, the approach to the checkpoint may raise your anxiety and the questions may spark your anger.

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