Politicians seek info on interior New England border checks
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Some members of Congress from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are asking Customs and Border Protection for information about temporary highway checkpoints that are set up away from the Canadian border.
In a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan dated Wednesday, the lawmakers questioned whether the lack of arrests from the random stops justifies what they called the harmful economic impact.
The lawmakers specifically cited a June checkpoint on Interstate 93 near Woodstock, New Hampshire, that resulted in no arrests, but caused severe traffic congestion.
They also asked about four checkpoints in South Hero, Vermont, that stopped 4,200 vehicles and resulted in one arrest for a visa overstay.
Federal law allows CBP to conduct the checkpoints within 100 miles of the international border.
CBP spokesman Michael McCarthy said the agency would respond directly to the members of Congress.