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Lawsuit challenges border patrol checkpoints almost 100 miles from Canada

On this 2018 file photograph, a automobile in Canada waits for a gate to upward thrust while crossing into Derby Line, Vt. from Stanstead, Quebec. Credit: Charles Krupa | AP

CONCORD, N.H. — A federal lawsuit filed by ACLU mates in Novel Hampshire, Maine and Vermont challenges the usage of checkpoints by the U.S. Border Patrol almost 100 miles from the Canadian border, announcing they are past the patrol’s authority.

The lawsuit modified into once filed Tuesday in Novel Hampshire on behalf of Jesse Drewniak, of Hudson, Novel Hampshire, who modified into once one among a neighborhood of of us stopped at an August 2017 checkpoint in Woodstock, alongside Interstate 93.

“I discovered the checkpoint to be hideous and dehumanizing,” Drewniak, a U.S. citizen, acknowledged in an announcement. He modified into once coming dwelling from a flit-fishing outing to the White Mountains at the time.

Gilles Bissonnette, just director of the ACLU of Novel Hampshire, acknowledged the internal checkpoints are being former “as a ruse to unlawfully search and protect close of us for the motive of overall crime wait on watch over.”

The lawsuit follows a 2017 case in which 16 of us at the Woodstock checkpoint had been charged with a violation-level offense of possessing itsy-bitsy amounts of gear, including Drewniak. A think concluded the most main motive of the checkpoint modified into once the detection and seizure of gear, making it “unconstitutional below each scream and federal legislation.”

Prosecutors later disregarded the prices.

A U.S. Customs and Border Safety spokesperson acknowledged Tuesday as a topic of coverage, the agency doesn’t commentary on pending litigation.

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