The following video demonstrates what every law-abiding citizen should do when they come to border patrol checks inside the United States. I’m not talking about those at the border, but those 100 miles inside the border. Though the young lady who is being illegally detained by US Border Patrol agents does not cite the Fourth Amendment, she is clearly referencing the fact that these men didn’t have a clue about what the law of the land is.
In case any Border Patrol agents don’t know what this is, it’s called the Fourth Amendment:
Keep that in mind as you watch the video. Not one jot or tittle of the Fourth Amendment was followed by any of the Border Patrol agents who detained the young woman and her companion. Not one!
The first agent tells the young woman she is being detained, but provides no reason for it. He says, “We believe there may be criminal activity going on.” However, he provides no reason to detain her nor a probable cause for even going to get a warrant.
There are moments when the young woman is clearly nervous, but she stands her ground even in the face of arrest and fines. Good for her! Her companion seems to back her up too.
For those that want to say, “Hey, stop it and quit acting like a child and just follow the orders” I have this to say to you: You are part of the problem in America. You allow unlawful and illegal, in fact, criminal activity by your government and assume you are just being a good citizen. You are not, just like these Border Patrol agents are not being good law enforcement agents.
They acknowledge they are federal officers, and yet they clearly don’t understand the Fourth Amendment.
In the end, after being threatened with arrest and the young lady calls their bluff, they fold and demonstrate they have nothing. They have detained her for approximately 15 minutes for absolutely no reason at all.
She should take up a lawsuit against the individual agents and then challenge the constitutionality of these checkpoints in the middle of the country.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.