Border Patrol agrees to help local police by not interpreting anymore12/14/2012
Getting pulled over by the cops could scare anyone, but for non-English speakers, it can be especially frightening. The language barrier, the uncertainty, and, often, the presence of the U.S. Border Patrol, can make for anxious situations. In an effort to appease immigrant rights groups, the Border Patrol announced it would stop providing interpreting services for local law enforcement agencies. The reason? In some border states, Border Patrol agents are often asked for interpreting help when police pull over someone who speaks only Spanish, and immigrant rights advocates say that in many instances, agents ask about immigration status when police wouldn't and then detain those they suspect of being illegal immigrants. [Source]
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