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Some 'crabby' locals resent Border Patrol presence

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Some 'crabby' locals resent Border Patrol presence

Over the past four years, the U.S. Border Patrol has grown by two-thirds, from 12,000 to 20,000 agents. Border Patrol agents say they only ask motorists questions about their citizenship. Some people report the questioning can go far beyond that, and say traffic stops and checkpoints have become intrusive.

They also say many of the Border Patrol's new recruits are failing to make any effort to integrate themselves into the communities in which they work, with the result that understanding and cooperation between agents and locals is limited.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“You drive out of here in the evening and there’s a good chance there’s going to be a patrolman right on your ass to pull you over because he doesn’t have anything better to do.”

— Linda Walker, Terlingua, Texas resident

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