Part 13 of a 14 part video series
highlighting a town hall meeting organized
by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appears above. The meeting was held
on September 2, 2009 in Green Vally, Arizona to discuss/debate a recent
on internal suspicionless homeland security checkpoints.
this video, more audience members speak out against the existing
checkpoint along I-19 and the permanent checkpoint being planned. Video
highlights appear below:
* A resident indicates that since checkpoint operations have increased,
she now has to call the Border Patrol at least once a month regarding
illegal aliens on her property whereas before it was maybe once a year.
She indicates she's actually chased illegal immigrants in the past with
the Border Patrol on the line but no Border Patrol agents responded to
the scene in a timely fashion despite the presence of the nearby
checkpoint and roving patrols in the area.
* Jim Brown from Tucson reiterates the common statement that the best
place to secure the border is on the border, not miles to the North. He
further indicates all Americans deserve the equal protection of the
fedgov (not just those North of the closest checkpoint). He also asks
about plans for small tactical outposts in remote areas as a way to
interdict traffic attempting to avoid POE's.
* Chief Gilbert responds by stating checkpoints are just one component of
a more comprehensive strategy and stationing agents in small camps in
remote areas is currently in the works.
* The next speaker asks about the legality of internal Border Patrol
checkpoints and (incorrectly) states that sobriety checkpoints have
been ruled unconstitutional. Agent Fitzpatrick responds by saying the
Supreme Court has upheld immigration checkpoints within a reasonable
distance of the border. The speaker asks what's reasonable given that
the checkpoint is practically located in their backyards.
* The last speaker identifies herself as a Tubac homeowner who wants to
know how checkpoints can be effective if all they do is verbally
request someone to state their citizenship. She also wants to know how
Mexico's recent legalization of most drugs in non-trafficking
quantities will affect things here and lambastes the GAO for indicating
Tubac home values have been rising when the opposite is true.
* Chief Gilbert indicates that checkpoint agents are trained to look for
anything out of the ordinary and aren't just relying upon the
immigration question which prompts the speaker to ask whether or not
terrorists are trained to say yes at these checkpoints. Gilbert
counters by claiming if checkpoints weren't effective the criminal
element wouldn't be attempting to circumvent them.
* GAO representative Stana responds to the home value question by
indicating there was some lag time between when the data was gathered
and the publication of the report which explains the discrepancy.
This sums up part 13. Part 14 and final to follow shortly. Links to part 1 through 12 appear below: