Border Patrol Says Giving a Ride to an Illegal Immigrant Is a Crime

By Nina Shapiro, Seattle Weekly
Thu., Dec. 15 2011

Border Patrol stopping cars

Undeterred by questions about hyper-aggressive tactics and possible over-funding, the Border Patrol has turned up the heat on the Olympic Peninsula, according to the Forks Human Rights Group. Now, if you give an illegal immigrant a ride in your car, you’re at risk for being detained–even if you yourself are legal.

Yesterday, the Forks Human Rights Group, a group of residents that has been documenting the Border Patrol’s intense activity in the city made famous by Twilight, sent a letter to Patty Murray and other Congress members calling for an investigation of “increasing questionable and illegal behavior” by the BP’s Port Angeles office.

“In the last few days, we were told by Border Patrol that their agents have been instructed to arrest people with illegal aliens in the car” says the letter signed by Lesley Hoare. Talking to Seattle Weekly, Lesley Hoare says she was told that herself during a phone conversation with a staffer in the Port Angeles office.

The letter cites a couple such cases. One concerns a Mexican immigrant who has been a legal resident for more than 20 years but now, according to the letter, is under threat of deportation after being stopped with an illegal immigrant in his car. Continue reading

Dominican Republic: Police killed 2,367 people in 5 years

Amnesty deplores police abuse in Dominican Republic

By TOM BROWN | REUTERS

Oct 25, 2011

SANTO DOMINGO: Amnesty International issued a scathing report on the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, saying its national police force was responsible for killing and torturing with impunity.

The police force was responsible for an average of 15 percent of recorded violent deaths each year in the Dominican Republic from 2005 to 2010, according to the report.

“That proportion is alarming and raises significant concerns that police frequently employ disproportionate force with deadly consequences,” the report said.

The London-based human rights group said police abuse in the Caribbean nation came against the backdrop of a surge in violent crime linked to drug trafficking, a proliferation of firearms and growing social inequality.

It said “hard-line policing methods” were contributing to escalating violence and crime rather than helping to curb it and that police abuse had flourished due to inadequate government oversight and reforms. Continue reading