Group: Border Patrol agents shouldn't interpret
Saturday, May 5, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) -- An immigrant rights group in Washington state wants local law enforcement agencies to stop using U.S. Border Patrol agents as interpreters.
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying that the use of agents as interpreters results in routine traffic stops becoming immigration cases -- which they maintain is a violation of the Civil Rights Act because only a certain group is affected by these stops.
But National Border Patrol Council vice president Shawn P. Moran says agents don't target specific types of people, except those violating the nation's immigration laws. He says agents are trying to enforce the country's immigration laws.