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ACLU accuses Border Patrol of constitutional violations at Arizona checkpoints, seeks probe
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:36 PM EST
The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal investigation into allegations of constitutional abuses by Border Patrol agents at checkpoints in Arizona.
The National Border Patrol Council, the union for agents, balked at the allegations, noting agents aren't limited to immigration enforcement, and can investigate crimes including trafficking of guns and drugs.
The group says agents may stop drivers based on suspicions that they're committing a crime, and that checkpoints serve as a vital tool to secure the nation's borders.