Brownsville Herald – Minus evacuation order, Border Patrol checks for documents

On the day that Hurricane Dolly slammed the Rio Grande Valley, civil rights groups conferred via a conference call with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security but failed to secure a commitment that the immigration status of people fleeing a disaster would not be screened for immigration status at checkpoints.

“When it’s a life or death situation and it’s a natural disaster, Mother Nature makes no distinction between legal or illegal Mexicans or Americans,” Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorney Celestino A. Gallegos in Edinburg said Friday.

U.S. Border Patrol agents did check the immigration status of people going through the Sarita checkpoint on U.S. Highway 77 before Hurricane Dolly struck, spokesman Dan Doty said Friday.

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