Citizens Sue Border Patrol in Pacific NW; Racial Profiling Alleged

Citizens Sue Border Patrol in Pacific NW; Racial Profiling Alleged

In Sanchez et al. vs. Border Patrol et al., filed in federal district court in Seattle on April 26, 2012, U.S. citizen plaintiffs allege illegal stops by the Border Patrol based on appearance.  From the press release: "[Plaintiff] Ernest Grimes is a resident of Neah Bay, a correctional officer at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, and a part-time police officer.  In 2011 near Clallam Bay, a Border Patrol agent stopped the vehicle in which Grimes was traveling, approached with his hand on his weapon, and yelled at Grimes to roll down his window.  Without offering a reason for the stop, the agent interrogated Grimes about his immigration status.  Grimes, who is African American, was wearing his correctional officer uniform at the time."  More coverage by Reuters and Associated Press.  [Lest we forget: that part of the country is a constitution-free zone.]

Casablanca: "Your papers, please!"