Report: Border guards made wrongful arrests for rewards
According toa new reportflagged Friday by HuffPo, border patrol agents at bus and train stations in western New York have routinely arrested people who were in the country legally. The report claims that agents were motivated by the lure of bonus pay and extra vacation time into making more arrests.
Over five years, Border guards patrolling Rochester's bus and train stations arrested about 300 people who weren't suspected of any other crime, but weren't carrying complete citizenship or immigration papers, according to a report released this week by the immigrant rights group Families for Freedom and the New York University School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic.
... The researchers fear the incentive of extra pay and time off from work possibly contributed to overzealous stops and wrongful arrests. "A law enforcement agency that focuses on arrests allows the agents to operate in a way that harasses people in the community," said [report co-author, NYU School of Law Professor Nancy] Morawetz. "These law enforcement officers have enormous power over people's liberty."