SUNY Canton student Jessica Cooke was tased at a Border Patrol checkpoint after asking questions to agents on Thursday. Cooke was out of the car and asking those questions because she didn’t think Border Patrol had the legal standing to hold her. She was told to wait while a police dog unit was called in.
So how far does the Border Patrol’s jurisdiction reach? The answer is well beyond what you probably imagine as the border.
“They basically are interpreting federal law to say that they are allowed to do temporary checkpoints anywhere within 100 miles of the border,” said Alexis Karteron, Senior Staff Attorney New York Civil Liberties Union.
That means no matter where you are here in the North Country, the Border Patrol can set up temporary checkpoints and potentially stop you. Nearly all of New York state is within that 100-mile zone.