The Border Patrol has been doing routine transportation checks for the past 60 years. Agents would patrol bus and train stations and airports near the border, questioning people who appeared to be suspicious. The program was highly effective, catching thousands of illegals every year. But in September, Border Patrol field offices received the order that the transportation checks were to be stopped. Apparently this is part of the Obama administration’s policy to allow illegals to remain in the country if they haven’t committed crimes. The action may be due to pressure from the ACLU and the open borders crowd. Agents may respond to transportation hubs if they have “actionable intelligence” that there’s an illegal alien there, but there is no information about how such intelligence might be obtained, and the agents would require permission from Border Patrol headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The whole disheartening story is here, including typical weasel-worded explanations from the Border Patrol top brass.