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Civil rights group criticizes ICE presence at checkpoint

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A Santa Fe-based civil and worker’s rights organization criticized the presence of immigration agents at a highway checkpoint Wednesday in eastern New Mexico, saying federal agents do not have the right to enforce immigration law.

In a news release, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant-led civil and worker’s rights organization, argued the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the checkpoint on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales was unnecessary.
The group claimed that local police cannot shift the scope of an investigation based solely on race, national origin, or language, nor do local police have the authority to enforce federal civil immigration laws.

The news release added that ICE agents do not have the power to randomly stop motorists without cause.
New Mexico State Police officers were checking driver licenses and insurance, according to the news release.
Members of Somos Un Pueblo Unido gathered in front of the federal building in Roswell Friday morning and protested raids conducted by ICE in Clovis last week.