The NCNow Survey is an unscientific poll of visitors to NorthCountryNow.com who choose to participate.
Superintendents at Potsdam, Canton and Norwood-Norfolk schools say they won’t stop parents who want to keep their third through eighth grade children from taking Common Core assessment tests in April and May. The state Education Department said its policy is that students must take the tests. However, the New York State United Teachers challenged that, saying parents have an innate right to see after their children’s best interests.
Do you support St. Lawrence County parents having the choice to keep their children from taking the assessment tests?
Results will be posted Monday, March 30.
Last week's question:
Do you think Border Patrol roadblocks in St. Lawrence County that are miles away from the border are necessary and effective?
53.4% -- No
39.1% -- Yes
7.5% -- Unsure
Total responses: 721
Total Comments: 300
Here are your comments:
We have so many of these officers running loose up here there's not enough things for all of them to do so they screw with law-abiding people. And if there is that much crime happening shouldn't we the people be made aware of it?
3/23/2015 6:55 AM
They cannot write tickets so they have to call the state police to come do it - double waste of time. They are paid way too much money to sit in a car sleeping or playing on their computers. Send them back to the borders.
3/23/2015 6:54 AM
Although it may be seen as an inconvenience to some, this area is regularly exploited for its poorly guarded border. Having a reservation that transects an international border also heightens the risk for illegal activity and presents a national security threat. So yes, roadblocks, when done in accordance with the law, should be used as one of the tools available to enforce the law and protect our nation.
3/23/2015 6:34 AM
Waste of resource!
3/22/2015 11:49 PM
It is not what I think is effective, but what the law dictates as necessary & effective. Unfortunately for all of those who think it's not necessary & effective...federal law allows the border patrol roadblocks/inspection points within a limited distance from any border...look it up!
3/22/2015 9:41 PM
A number of drugs being carried illegally have been found this way.
3/22/2015 8:29 PM
Need to quit asking me what I am doing and were I am headed. It is none of there business.
3/22/2015 8:18 PM
I have seen them more than once infringe on my freedom of movement in an unlawful way.
3/22/2015 7:33 PM
Yes, they do catch illegal immigrants and drug smuggling occasionally. Our waterways are very open and easily accessible. I would say someone against this protection would be involved or supporting criminals!
3/22/2015 6:37 PM
Almost any night on the highways leading to the Massena or Ogdensburg area you can see the border patrol vehicles (large gas guzzlers) sitting in some of the hidden driveways watching whatever they should know by now. Every local vehicles owner because they follow you by their phones or vehicles
3/22/2015 6:03 PM
Waste of tax money.
3/22/2015 5:54 PM
I'm proud to be an American and also proud of our military and Border Patrol. They both serve us to keep us safe and secure. I'll be darned if I am to let some crybabies out there infringe on my safety just because of a little inconvenience to them. For crying out loud. grow up!
3/22/2015 3:33 PM
Our tax dollars standing around waiting for crime to come to them…doesn't make sense.
3/22/2015 2:58 PM
Their purpose is to determine if you and the occupants of a vehicle are American citizens, if not then more questions could follow. It rarely follows that pattern. Way too many of these people. I do not feel more secure with their presence in this area.
3/22/2015 12:34 PM
Waste of time and pointless.
3/22/2015 11:46 AM
They over do it sometimes.
3/22/2015 11:29 AM
It is a law that they can operate checkpoints up to 100 air miles from the border. Quit whining or get the law changed. Tissues?
3/22/2015 11:03 AM
We live in a different world. They help keep us safe. While we sleep at night, we have no clue what is prevented.
3/22/2015 10:37 AM
If they are really serious about illegals, then they would patrol the roads that lead strait to the big dairy farms. That is where most of them are headed. Arrest the driver too and see if he turns on the big farmers that bring so many of these undocumented workers here. Then throw the book at them!
3/22/2015 10:10 AM
Especially the one on the plains on State Route 56. I've told them: with today's telecommunications, all a bad guy has to do is take Stark Road to the Raquette River Road and pop out in South Colton to avoid them.
3/22/2015 10:10 AM
The question first and foremost should be, are they working?
3/22/2015 9:38 AM
I feel that these road blocks are an intrusion of my civil liberties. I know people will say if you have nothing to hide then don't worry about it. I have done nothing wrong and I am not entering another country when I am traveling to go grocery shopping or going to doctor appointments. This is how it starts when we get complacent about our civil liberties. We start to lose certain freedoms because we give in to fear. Politicians use fear to pass stupid legislation to legally harass law-abiding citizen. How would you like to be a citizen who has lived on the border for last 45 years, raised a family and farmed the land, and have a border patrol agent follow you home and tell you to get back into your car. Really, this happened to my parents who are in their 70's. Do my gray haired parents look like terrorists or smugglers? They should have filed a complaint with his supervisor but they didn't. I was so mad when I heard about this. The agents better learn who the people are that live on the border and give them respect to live their daily lives in peace, because the people that live on the border will be the ones who will call when they see someone suspicious looking walking down their road in the middle of the night. We are the first defense, and when you start alienating your law abiding citizens they will get a sour taste in their mouths for the border patrol. I don't think our founding fathers would accept what it is that is happening with our civil liberties today. I think they would be ashamed of how our government treats our citizens.
3/22/2015 9:34 AM
They have to do something besides sleep in the cars.
3/22/2015 9:29 AM
They have stopped a lot of drugs coming into the area. Keep up the good work!
3/22/2015 9:10 AM
I have no way of knowing. Anyone who is certain they know is probably only guessing. Or choosing whatever answer fits their political preconceptions.
3/22/2015 9:04 AM
There are cameras everywhere...why force motorists to be involuntarily searched. The right to freely travel is a Constitutional right.
3/22/2015 9:00 AM
Very ineffective. They arrested a woman at a bus station with no criminal record who was working and paying taxes in this country for over ten years. They have no common sense or discretion.
3/22/2015 8:55 AM
Who is letting the illegals in? Fish rot from the head down, go to the top.
3/22/2015 8:46 AM
I feel that border patrol should be just that.
3/22/2015 7:54 AM
Criminal activity unchecked would surely get worse. If we didn't have the Border Patrol setting up check points we would end up with a out of control pipe line of criminal activity of all sorts. The same would apply if we didn't have law enforcement in our villages and cities. Keep up the good work Border Patrol, a stop now and then is no big deal to most, but we do have our crybabies who think there rights are being violated.
3/22/2015 7:48 AM
If the Border Patrol finds them necessary and effective I have no problem with being stopped occasionally.
3/22/2015 7:31 AM
They are a joke, name me one terrorist caught at one of these. The only thing they can manage is finding a little dope, Money well spent guys.
3/22/2015 2:53 AM
They get tips I'm sure, it's not random like it seems.
3/21/2015 9:33 PM
It's not just Border Patrol. The sate police, town cops are there too. I travel by car quite often and have driven through states without seeing law enforcement. I live in Crary Mills and see a trooper sitting at the church in a 30 mile an hour zone once a week.
3/21/2015 5:34 PM
Too many drugs are passing through out county.
3/21/2015 4:25 PM
Roadblocks at times can be a bother to some, in some cases they can make people late for work etc. I understand that they are doing their jobs and trying to keep us safe. I don't think these situations should be so bothersome to the average person unless of course they themselves are doing something wrong.
3/21/2015 3:16 PM
Waste of taxpayers money!!!
3/21/2015 1:45 PM
No. I am not sure what the border patrol really does. Seems like they just sit in their cars and sleep.
3/21/2015 1:10 PM
I was stopped and sat in the office for 20 min. With one officer, with only his head showing, finally I was let out. I asked why was I detained…he said, "we have to detain people every 15 minutes.” I am 80 years old and was the only one in the car.
3/21/2015 11:59 AM
Never know who they will catch up with!
3/21/2015 11:26 AM
All criminals do not come from Canada. We have our own on our highways.
3/21/2015 10:38 AM
I feel comfortable to see law enforcement agencies in various areas to observe enforcement issues . If a driver feels to be intruded then they have no business behind the wheel. Those with the ideals that we becoming a police state by invasion of our rights then have issues and need an attitude adjustment. All the police agencies do an excellent job of maintaining our civil rights or protection be it borders or roadways. My question is why be so concerned if you have nothing?
3/21/2015 10:15 AM
If they are crossing the border, catch them there.
3/21/2015 9:45 AM
It can be annoying to get stopped several times in one day.
3/21/2015 9:43 AM
It's just another way to do a DWI/seatbelt check and make more money for big government.
3/21/2015 9:22 AM
It is an unwarranted intrusion on our freedom to move about out state and country. Check people crossing the borders-no problem but don't be interfering with us otherwise.
3/21/2015 7:32 AM
Quit wasting taxpayers money just to justify another department of the government.
3/21/2015 6:09 AM
It might seem like a pain to have to stop, but it's for our safety. And when I get stopped, I thank them for the job they do!
3/21/2015 12:57 AM
It is wrong.
3/20/2015 9:33 PM
It's harassment, plain and simple.
3/20/2015 9:31 PM
We need to find out who the illegals are around here so we can make sure they all get their Obama cards and benefit cards.
3/20/2015 9:13 PM
Border Patrol does an excellent job securing our borders.
3/20/2015 8:16 PM
They are a sham. Homeland security cameras have tipped them off about the drug shipments so why inconvenience all the other honest drivers?
3/20/2015 8:07 PM
They are a nuisance and I doubt that they're all that effective anyhow.
3/20/2015 7:35 PM
I don't really see where they are finding much with the amount of manpower being used. If they are looking for illegals, terrorists or drugs to protect our borders then start at the borders. We see patrol vehicles parked where it's pretty obvious they won't find anything. I like having them around but I feel a better strategy should be used. I'm sure there are a lot of great suggestions to effectively use our taxpayer dollars. Let us know where to send them!
3/20/2015 7:25 PM
Go patrol the border!
3/20/2015 7:00 PM
They should be down by Akwesasne where the real activity takes place.
3/20/2015 6:15 PM
Not when 100's of illegals come over the Texas border everyday! Get them down there where they will do some good instead of wasting taxpayer dollars sitting on the sides of the roads drinking coffee and stuffing their faces with Tim Horton’s donuts.
3/20/2015 6:12 PM
If they are not smart enough to catch them at the border...they are not going to catch them miles away from the border. Let local police set up roadblocks.
3/20/2015 6:08 PM
Not when they make up stuff for probable cause to pull you over and search your car. They should be down in Texas!
3/20/2015 6:04 PM
Big waste of tax money !
3/20/2015 3:59 PM
Why worry if you do not do anything wrong?
3/20/2015 3:49 PM
Grew up in Northern New York, used to visit every summer. After being harassed every time I'm there, multiple times per visit, I choose not to spend any time there any more. If the purpose is chasing away tourists and visitors, you have been very successful.
3/20/2015 2:49 PM
While watching elsewhere the fox gets in the henhouse
3/20/2015 2:27 PM
Drug traffickers come into this area and what better way than to catch them when they least expect it. Don't know why more dogs are not used for this purpose. People should not be harassed though.
3/20/2015 1:54 PM
If they can stop problems before they occur, why not?
3/20/2015 1:46 PM
Just no, stop doing this.
3/20/2015 1:04 PM
I'm a law-abiding citizen and shouldn't have to give up my freedom and put up with harassment just so the border patrol can justify their jobs. Why do we even have a protected border with Canada? In the EU you don't need to stop when going from one country to another. What if we just worked with Canada to protect the US/Canada and stopped trying to control the movement of people between the two countries? Think of what it could do for the St. Lawrence County economy!
3/20/2015 12:59 PM
People might want to wake up and realize how much smuggling of aliens, drugs, guns, and forced prostitution is going on in our area. You poor thing that you have to talk to law enforcement for all of 10 seconds. If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about.
3/20/2015 12:32 PM
There have been a lot of comments recently that these roadblocks and stops are an infringement on our rights. What a load! It takes very little time to answer the officers questions about citizenship, where you are coming from and where you are going. Seriously? Border patrol in this area stop a lot of the drugs coming in. The majority of drug arrests associated with traffic stops on U.S. Highway 11 are done by Border Patrol. Those who complain so much must have something to hide as far as I am concerned. If you don't like it, move away from the border!! I don't think 2-40 miles away from border is ridiculous. Find something else to complain about!
3/20/2015 11:48 AM
Yes check points are good but to my understanding they are not legal unless the state police or sheriff are present and to my understanding the border patrol can not pull you over unless they run your plate and it comes up that you were out of the country.
3/20/2015 11:00 AM
If you are stopped in a Border Patrol check-point, you only have to give your citizenship. You do not have let them search your car or answer any of their other questions. They are not police officers in New York State and should not be acting as such.
3/20/2015 10:35 AM
Roadblocks are not necessary unless there is a specific threat or specific information about criminal activity. Most of the roadblocks seem to be fishing expeditions.
3/20/2015 10:31 AM
Obviously they are set up for a rationale reason and it's not our place to know why or it would be moot. I feel it gives a sense of security and if one don't feel that content then my question to the driver is why not? In all cases I've been involved in on stops the officers were polite, courteous, and extremely respectful. Unless of course they have reason to take it to the next level from the driver's behavior or actions. If one feels intimidated easily and or paranoid don't bother crossing the border or you'll get a real mental rush but again very much needed. Good job officers and thank you for being around us!
3/20/2015 10:25 AM
Waste of time and resources.
3/20/2015 10:18 AM
Vital part of our war against illegal drugs.
3/20/2015 10:16 AM
Look at all the drug related crimes we have had throughout all of St. Lawrence County - any extra step to prevent this is greatly appreciated! We should be thanking them for setting these up. Any extra help getting these drug related crime out of our hometown should be welcome - if u have a problem with it then your up to no good!
3/20/2015 10:08 AM
It is harassment plan and simple. Why are they asking me where I am going and what for? I thought we lived in a free country. Not in St. Lawrence County. Follow the crowd and get the heck out of here.
3/20/2015 9:50 AM
We have nothing to hide.
3/20/2015 9:39 AM
If our Washington D.C lawmakers would quit making illegal aliens a political football and the Border Patrol Agents do there job they would not need to be far from the border.
3/20/2015 8:29 AM
Too many drugs around the North County.
3/20/2015 8:06 AM
No, they are nothing but harassment of the local people. They should be doing a better job at the border crossings and leaving the locals alone.
3/20/2015 7:47 AM
There is more than enough law enforcement in the North Country. Border Patrol should be just that, border patrol.
3/20/2015 7:41 AM
Welcome to the police state
3/20/2015 7:15 AM
They slow everyone down & result in typical infractions the local law enforcement could handle.
3/20/2015 6:46 AM
It's an intrusion on people's rights. A huge waste of time and money.
3/20/2015 12:05 AM
Where you going? What is it to you? Where you from? Well where you from Mexico? Nothing like that bull.
3/19/2015 11:06 PM
I believe they are infringing up rights of all citizens. Many taxpayer dollars are wasted with many agents and resources spent on these operations. We all know where this is coming from and it should be directed into enforcing NY state laws in all areas of Northern NY.
3/19/2015 9:38 PM
The bad guys use back roads too.
3/19/2015 9:26 PM
They purposely leave their lights on at night so you know they're there. Their only purpose is to show a presence.
3/19/2015 8:36 PM
Why are they looking at this border? I think the southern one is much more exciting.
3/19/2015 8:05 PM
If people knew the amount of drugs that were found during or as a result of these stops they would be shocked.
3/19/2015 7:03 PM
It can be a pain but suck it up!
3/19/2015 5:53 PM
And they will ask you "are you American? This is coming from a Hispanic, Mexican, or oriental....and my reply is unfortunately, yes.
3/19/2015 5:38 PM
I think they are necessary.
3/19/2015 4:24 PM
They are useless, invasive, and a waste of tax dollars.
3/19/2015 4:05 PM
Of course, the perpetrators are not all going to sit tight at the border to be picked up. They do move on along on the highways in an effort to get away from detection. I am very much in favor of Border Patrol officers being wherever they need to be to apprehend these people and secure our border and our safety.
3/19/2015 3:08 PM
I think it is a reminder of just how close we are getting to a police state. The worse our country's economy gets the more of our rights the government will take away.
3/19/2015 3:04 PM
Not that far from border. If you have nothing to hide, what's the problem?
3/19/2015 2:34 PM
Waste of taxpayers money. Anyone traveling 310 between Canton and Madrid will usually find a border patrol car parked where the Fellowship Center used to be. My husband and I went out to dinner a few weeks ago and it was a bitterly cold evening. They were sitting there with the car running and on our way home couple of hours later, they were still there with the car running! They also park on U.S. Route 11 on the outskirt of Canton past Dairy Queen, across from Commerce Lane. Quite often in the summer time. Don't know what they do, just sitting there, but I guess it gets them through their shift!
3/19/2015 10:35 AM
They are doing their job to keep us safe. Terrorists are everywhere, yes even in our county, and if you have nothing to hide don't begrudge them a minute or two of your time.
3/19/2015 10:35 AM
Maybe they moved the border and just forgot to tell us! And can someone please tell my why they are guarding the dry hydrant in West Potsdam at 4 a.m. I see them there on the way to work. And thanks for blinding me with your take down lights.
3/19/2015 10:25 AM
Only if for a specific reason to help protect us. But they have taken over small towns and they hate it too!
3/19/2015 9:45 AM
Depends, occasional road blocks are probably effective, having one or several roadblocks every day at the same locations certainly is not.
3/19/2015 9:31 AM
No. The roadblocks interfere with regular citizens going about their business, while the criminals detour around the roadblocks. There are absolutely too many law enforcement agencies in St. Lawrence County. At last count, there were eighteen separate law enforcement agencies in the county.
3/19/2015 9:19 AM
They seem to be somewhat effective. Never hear about finding illegals but do often read they caught drug runners. At the moment this is likely the best we can hope for since our tax money is going to be spent on bloated government anyway.
3/19/2015 8:36 AM
End the police state!
3/19/2015 8:23 AM
Where were they when the banks were robbed? If there's a specifically known societal threat, then yes, of course. But it's frequently a demonstrative exercise to validate their jobs, our tax dollars, giving the impression that they're protecting us. Our own state, local and county police are sufficient. Border Patrol vehicles are often seen sitting in, for example, the cemetery in Crary Mills…smoking cigarettes, surfing the internet.
3/19/2015 7:56 AM
Illegal border activities spread way beyond our physical borders, and to think that border patrol initiatives to protect our border and our people should be limited by a geographic line is preposterous.
3/19/2015 7:10 AM
Waste of government resources.
3/19/2015 7:02 AM
It appears that their work produces results. They must know the roots that are taken and where possible violators travel. Good job goys, keep it up.
3/19/2015 6:04 AM
What a violation of our rights! If there is a reason…stop me...otherwise leave me alone!
3/19/2015 4:22 AM
We need more!
3/18/2015 10:36 PM
If you aren't doing anything illegal what are you worried about?
3/18/2015 10:28 PM
It is another way of keeping us safe.
3/18/2015 10:09 PM
Maybe for once the government is keeping what they're doing quiet! Heaven knows there aren't many people worthy of trust any more.
3/18/2015 9:53 PM
Yes a few years ago there was one set up past Watertown on Interstate 81...I read in the paper a week later they arrested 12 that day
3/18/2015 9:40 PM
Just like Nazi Germany, show us your papers
3/18/2015 9:22 PM
They do a great job of catching the bad guys many of times.
3/18/2015 8:55 PM
This is a ridiculous waste of time and money. What part of 'Border Patrol ' don't they get?
3/18/2015 8:32 PM
Are they really a burden if you are doing nothing wrong ?
3/18/2015 8:29 PM
Yes they certainly are. I for one feel safer seeing them around with the threat of terrorist trying to get into our country. Kudo's to them!
3/18/2015 7:28 PM
No and I am sick and tired of being asked if I am a United States citizen or being tailgated for 6 miles for no other reason than I am driving on a particular road!
3/18/2015 7:20 PM
There is a very long waterway that divides the countries which also makes it an easy access and for that reason I believe roadblocks are much needed for our protection.
3/18/2015 7:03 PM
I think it is again an example of two many cops of different backgrounds (sheriff; state trooper; border patrol; DEC; 4 different college police units and local police throughout the county) almost on top of each other without enough crime other than to bother the local people with foolish tickets (lights and dirty licenses in March!) to support them all. I used to work somewhere that had a border patrol car sitting outside of it everytime I got off work at 8 p.m. There was no one around ever; I appreciated the personal protection but at the cost I figure I was paying for it through my taxes and stupid tickets it didn't seem like it was necessary or a good deal. I do think we need to focus on meth, herion and designer drugs but the rest of it I think we should lighten up a bit especially around Canton and Potsdam. I think both towns are getting such a reputation for harassing everyone on the weekends that no one bothers to go downtown at night accept students. Maybe it is good for the police but not good for the towns overall. When you can somehow safely go to Watertown and Syracuse without seeing police of all types everywhere and survive to tell I think we Northern New Yorkers can behave forthe most part without being monitored by such a heavy police presence.
3/18/2015 6:53 PM
It's not that I think they are not getting some value out of them. I just find them a pain. But I can live with it just by chance they are there when we do need them.
3/18/2015 6:17 PM
They get their covert location blown In first 10 minutes. It is an example of mistaking motion for accomplishment.
3/18/2015 4:56 PM
Very few people have the background or experience to know the answer to this question. It is so poorly phrased that it leaves no room for an intelligent response. I'd like to say that the border problem is not specific to NY and also applies to nearly all other states on the border. People here also have no idea what "miles away from the border" means. I've ben through a lot of roadblocks in my life, and never minded a single one of them. They take only a few minutes for the most part, are easy to get past for honest people with credentials and any necessary paperwork, and a certain amount of comfort trusting that at least criminals right at that time are not close in front or behind you. Several times I've seen cars pulled over, being inspected, sometimes with dogs and test equipment, or just a lot of luggage unloaded. Each and every one of them will have violated some law, and deserve to be inspected. Terrorists are the top prize these days, and many terrorists have been caught, even complete cells of people by this method. So, I'll stop and willingly comply with each and every roadblock, and not complain even if they find a reason to impound my car for the time it takes to fully investigate me.
3/18/2015 4:42 PM
Waste of taxpayer dollars.
3/18/2015 4:04 PM
In a world of human trafficking, drugs and terrorist, they should be welcomed.
3/18/2015 1:10 PM
They are necessary cause they may catch something before it even reaches the border - and it would save a lot of time
3/18/2015 12:45 PM
No! The roadblocks are busy work, justice isn't served.
3/18/2015 11:34 AM
This is the federal governement moving in the local police agencies. Infringes on our freedom from unlawful search and seizure.
3/18/2015 9:56 AM
It's out of control.
3/18/2015 9:17 AM
They are an infringement on my rights as an American.
3/18/2015 8:50 AM
It better be important make me late for work.?
3/18/2015 8:37 AM
Absolutely! Lets get the druggies and undesirables off the road!
3/18/2015 8:34 AM
Unless there is a specific criminal search, all road blocks are illegal!
3/18/2015 8:22 AM
They are only doing there job but sometimes when people have to wait for along time when traveling for a doctors appointment in Syracuse it is really a pain!
3/18/2015 8:16 AM
The only thing roadblocks do is make us think we are in a communist country. The cops only the NYS cops get to give out lots of traffic tickets and boost their quotas. It has to stop.
3/18/2015 7:59 AM
It's all in the name.
3/18/2015 7:56 AM
If they are looking for someone who is a criminal yes...but to stop everyone and ask where do you live and where are you going or are you a U.S. citizen that's a violation of my rights.
3/18/2015 7:30 AM
They are just harassing us.
3/18/2015 6:58 AM
Necessary and effective for what? What are they really looking for? Without being told this information, I feel that the roadblocks are an intrusion into everyone's personal privacy.
3/18/2015 6:56 AM
Never heard of them arresting anyone I think it is just a way for them to justify their jobs by showing themselves to us. it was a popular way to give a lot of public service a pat on the back and prove to taxpayers we need them. I know a person that told a local town board, (because they wanted to cut one person from employment to help the budget), he told them that they needed 1 man for every ten miles of road to maintain and that was a joke cause we did a lot of standing around.
3/18/2015 6:26 AM
Invasion of privacy. They should only do it at the border.
3/18/2015 6:15 AM
I think there should be even more roa blocks in light of recent drug ring bust in our county. Shouldn't be a problem to stop if following the law right?
3/18/2015 6:06 AM
Merely fishing expeditions infringing on citizens' rights, looking for extra revenue from stupid things.
3/18/2015 5:44 AM
The criminals don't just cross the border and stay along the border. In this rural setting all the law enforcement agencies help each other. You can spare a couple of minutes for national security. I've never felt harassed or concerned when passing through a checkpoint.
3/18/2015 5:23 AM
Waste of money.
3/18/2015 3:24 AM
I find it harassing
3/18/2015 1:01 AM
We are very vulnerable along the border when there is an increase of smuggling illegal aliens and others. we need to protect ourselves however we can.
3/17/2015 11:44 PM
Waste of taxpayers money and a harassment on the community. The roadblocks are nothing more than a way to grab revenue for NYS. Stop the Mexicans not the Americans!
3/17/2015 10:59 PM
Necessary, yes; effective, well that is difficult to say. What if we didn't have our orders patrolled? What would our citizens say if we had terrorist in our streets? Our freedom is not free. We all have to pay some way! Would you like it any more if our military were manning the checkpoints? Fellow Americans be thankful.
3/17/2015 10:51 PM
Border security is an inexact process. Repetitive (every day) Border Patrol) checks at certain strategic intersections annoy local travelers more than DHS will ever know. But, if this interdiction is working (and there's reason to believe it is), then, carry on!
3/17/2015 10:36 PM
Just because you don't know what they are doing does not mean that they don't.
3/17/2015 10:24 PM
Good means of training and heightening the awareness of residents not immediate to the border.
3/17/2015 9:36 PM
They need to find a better way to deal with locals.
3/17/2015 8:57 PM
They are un-constitutional and should be prosecuted.
3/17/2015 8:50 PM
Intelligent answers cannot be had without more data. Personally, I find them annoying and time-wasting, but are they effective for the Border Patrol…I have no way of knowing at this time.
3/17/2015 8:28 PM
Not effective and violating us citizens rights.
3/17/2015 7:25 PM
No! This is another way of federal employee creating busy-work, and setting up the taxpayers for busy-pay. Of course not.
3/17/2015 7:24 PM
I never mind going through stops as often I do going to MA--with the influx of drugs-into our area if it stops just one drug run it just might save a life--if you have nothing to hide then it shouldn't be an imposition.
3/17/2015 7:00 PM
Criminals drive to and from all directions, therefore having these roadblocks/checkpoints are very much necessary.
3/17/2015 6:52 PM
I consider them to be very offensive with the probing personal questions, it's like living in a police state.
3/17/2015 6:45 PM
I am correcting my previous post--necessary has only one c, not two.
3/17/2015 6:33 PM
If it takes more scumbags off the roads than they are worth it. If they catch one radical that's only goal in life is to kill as many Americans as possible than of course, yes. They are employees of our government put up here to do a job let them do it. They are not here to arrest honest citizens. It also puts good honest people in our community's that contribute to or hurting economy. They're kids go to our schools that also is a good thing for our declining school rolls.
3/17/2015 6:30 PM
As for the comments last week as to which areas schools should cut from, I find it funny that many of the negative comments against school programs and teachers are full of spelling and grammer errors: "principles " for principals, " on neccessary" for unneccessary... the dumbing of America continues.
3/17/2015 6:29 PM
Too many individuals complain there are too many law enforcement officers. I feel that checkpoints aid it the interception of drugs, illegals and those engaging in illegal activities. The same individuals that complain there are too many law enforcement are those who complain when the response time is greater because of a shortage of officers within departments.
3/17/2015 5:24 PM
They keep drug runners and illegals on their toes
3/17/2015 5:23 PM
It would be interesting to see the results of these roadblocks. Who is held over and why? I personally feel they nothing better to do and it is a show of power in that they can stop people for no reason.
3/17/2015 5:14 PM
Visit the farms.
3/17/2015 5:08 PM
All the criminals come here for free welfare checks and rent. Not many jobs up here pay as much as welfare. I have been stopped and it does not bother me. If it bothers you perhaps you have a guilt complex .
3/17/2015 4:37 PM
Do people really think these criminals travel only along the border? It makes me feel better knowing they are out there checking.
3/17/2015 4:34 PM
Absolutely...the more the federal government controls us, the safer and happier we will be.
3/17/2015 4:17 PM
I don't see them in Vermont or other border states. Time to talked to my state senator.
3/17/2015 4:09 PM
Unfortunately it is necessary due to the amount of drugs being smuggled in and from the reservation. If you are doing nothing wrong then these check points aren't a big deal. However, the Border Patrol taking just one illegal immigrant with drugs or weapons off our streets is a success in my book!
3/17/2015 3:58 PM
There are way too many Border Patrolmen and this is just make-work for them. Get rid of most of them and you will see no difference in our safety.
3/17/2015 3:12 PM
Hate them a lot.
3/17/2015 2:22 PM
Can't tell, has there been any info on the amount of illegal aliens caught.
3/17/2015 2:15 PM
I do not understand the complaints regarding roadblocks. I would think if you are legal, sober and not doing anything illegal, this is nothing more than a one-minute inconvenience. Law enforcement people have a job to do just like the rest of us, and I would rather see that than the alternative.
3/17/2015 1:12 PM
I think they are a big waste of taxpayer money and serve no purpose. We have state police, county sheriffs and town and village police departments, isn't that enough? Or is it because they can't get the job done.
3/17/2015 12:58 PM
Of course they are. They are necessary because illegal immigrants don't lurk around this side of the border waiting to get caught. They head inland. And if the roadblocks weren't effective they wouldn't use them. Roadblocks add, at worst, about five minutes to your travel time. If you've cut yourself that short, time-wise, then that's your own foolishness. If you have any reason to fear a law enforcement roadblock that's your own stupidity and I hope that they catch you. I am so sick of seeing people complain about roadblocks. It's not as if it's some huge hassle in the course of your day. If your stickers are current, you're not under the influence, and you have a valid license, then what's your problem? Maybe you'd like them to not seek out illegal immigrants? Maybe some more terrorists can sneak across this border and into our country.
3/17/2015 12:36 PM
If Border Patrol is not doing roadblocks in certain areas...the news will get out and the drugs will get in!
3/17/2015 12:28 PM
Do a better job at the border stop every vehicle.
3/17/2015 12:21 PM
What are they bored, why not have the road blocks around New York City?
3/17/2015 12:19 PM
Just another reason people leave the North Country. I've never experienced this kind of harassment anywhere else in America. Tell our elected leaders to stop funding the Gestapo!
3/17/2015 12:07 PM
I hope our elected officials are reading these comments! I'm not even sure why we can't travel freely between the US and Canada. If you live in Europe you can just drive from country to country without any sort of border stop...there's just a sign, that's it. If you want to improve the North Country economy just get rid of the customs and immigration and have an open border. What are we afraid of, the Canadians?
3/17/2015 12:01 PM
Not really sure what they are looking for when they stop cars. I know the drug problem is out of control Massena is so full of drugs. When will it stop?
3/17/2015 11:56 AM
I would rather get stopped then have terrorists running around with bombs.
3/17/2015 11:48 AM
Far too many border patrol agents with for too little to do apart from harass law-abiding citizens. No wonder our taxes are so high.
3/17/2015 11:43 AM
May catch some problems but the cost outweighs the results.
3/17/2015 11:32 AM
Wasting a lot of money on wages and gas around the clock with vehicles idling with their lights on reading a book.
3/17/2015 11:30 AM
They waste the time of those of us who are hurrying to work or dropping kids off, or both. Stupid to stop the same people all the time. Wouldn't you think…ahh this person must have to use this route daily? Nope. Still get stopped.
3/17/2015 11:16 AM
Why should people of St. Lawrence County be subjected to Border Patrol when people of Pennsylvania do not. Aren't we allowed the same constitutional freedom? Border Patrol checkpoints should cease immediately. Our new Congresswoman Stefanik should make sure of it. That’s if she ever comes back up here now that she is elected.
3/17/2015 11:14 AM
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
3/17/2015 10:59 AM
Obviously the public doesn't need to know why they are done if it is for a specific reason. Furthermore if the person isn't committing a crime what is the harm in answering a few questions? They are done for a reason and keep us safe. People need to let it go!
3/17/2015 10:52 AM
Slows down the movement of drugs
3/17/2015 10:45 AM
You can find a BP vehicle sleeping behind every tree.
3/17/2015 10:41 AM
The real question is: why do we need roadblocks miles away when we have checks at the border? Is Border Patrol not doing a good enough job during border stops?
3/17/2015 10:26 AM
I dare say they restrict my right to free travel.
3/17/2015 10:23 AM
No...I think they do a wonderful job
3/17/2015 10:02 AM
If they catch one illegal or one person trafficking drugs it would be worth it.
3/17/2015 9:42 AM
I don't know. Tell us... what are the results? Are drugs, illegal aliens, etc. found? That would answer the question.
3/17/2015 9:19 AM
They are looking to fill the coffers so they can keep their jobs. Its killing the people of upstate. They hand out felonies like they grow in trees. Never used to be that way. Crazy border enforcement here and 300 miles east or west little to no enforcement...does anybody see anything wrong here?
3/17/2015 9:13 AM
No, but they are intrusive and further proof that the surveillance state predicted in the novel "1984" (published in 1949) by Orson Wells has become reality.
3/17/2015 9:13 AM
Where would we see data to show if they are effective in stopping immigration issues?
3/17/2015 9:05 AM
I think it is an imposition of our rights of movement. Why should I, an American citizen, have to stop and answer all of their leading questions? No, you do not have permission to search my vehicle, no I am not hiding anything. I could understand if the road block was say 10 miles from the border but I have seen them as far out as 40 miles and have heard of them being even further out.
3/17/2015 8:43 AM
The border patrol belongs where there name states what they are,..on the border. The reason they are all over the place is because they are like all government agencies, they are out of control and trying to make it look like they are doing something. A prime example is when they went to Gouverneur High School to investigate the writing on boys room bathroom stall…how much did that cost the taxpayer? That’s a job a hall monitor could have done and it made the border patrol look really stupid that shows you how bloated homeland security is!
3/17/2015 7:55 AM
Not all terrorists, illegals etc. are going to be located at the border. Some will enter the country. Thus the roadchecks. There are those people who will complain about a free lunch, never happy. Those that complain about the BP today will wonder why didn't they do something before this happened, in the event of a terrorist event. You just can't please some 'liberals' or a 'gone astray' conservative.
3/17/2015 7:54 AM
The illegal items and people coming across the border isn't just happening at the international bridges it also occurs all along the St Lawrence River in locations you couldn't imagine. I have been a native in the North Country for 52 years and even back in the day the rum running across the river was very active so I believe it is necessary to control the flow. Do you realize how much gets through, you would be amazed.
3/17/2015 7:54 AM
Huge waste of money resulting only in catching college students with a little pot in the car. Locals who have to pass through them regularly are quizzed constantly.
3/17/2015 7:52 AM
So many people complain about illegal immigrants and how they come into our country and utilize our services, take our jobs and want citizenship and also complain about how the president wants to give them rights. These same people then complain about being stopped by Border Patrol and ICE agents for several moments at a roadblock and asked about their citizenship. You can't have it both ways. I've probably been stopped 50 times in 5 years, not once have I been asked what my business was, only what my citizenship was. I tell them and go about my way. Someone is always going to complain about something. Let these people do their jobs. They cut down on illegal immigrants and drugs filtering into our country through our northern border.
3/17/2015 7:31 AM
3/17/2015 7:28 AM
They are necessary and effective because at times they catch illegal drugs and other stuff that might have made it through from another area location or state.
3/17/2015 7:23 AM
3/17/2015 7:01 AM
With everything that is going on in the world right now with terrorism, isn't it a good idea to have more protection? As I understand it, they have jurisdiction up to 100 miles away from a border. Plus, as I understand it, they can only stop people headed away from the border. I am a law-abiding citizen and have nothing to hide, nor fear, from these road checks.
3/17/2015 7:00 AM
I'm sure if the roadblocks weren't effective, they wouldn't waste their time. I don't mind, but then again, I have nothing to hide. I think they are doing a wonderful job and I applaud them and the other agencies on the recent drug bust.
3/17/2015 6:26 AM
With all the surveillance, cameras, aerial, no I don't. It's an infringement on my rights to be able to go from one town to the next just to visit a family member or conduct business during the day or evening and get stuck in a line up and get asked the same questions as though I'm going into Canada. Is this not a free country? Looks more and feels more like what could have been the Germany France area, a form of true Communism and a police state!
3/17/2015 6:16 AM
Plus they are an invasion of privacy its none of there business where I am coming from and where I am going there is way to much law in the great police state of NY I’ll be glad to get out.
3/17/2015 6:05 AM
Another example of insane government waste! Send half of the Border Patrol Agents on the northern border to the southern border…But only if you want to catch illegal aliens.
3/17/2015 5:59 AM
Police state tactics
3/17/2015 5:52 AM
I always thought that the Border patrol was to police the border, not to be a unit to do traffic checks for expired inspections and other minor state law infractions. I have noticed that when pulling up to one of these roadblocks that they are checking the stickers in corner of windshield and will/can alert the sheriff/state trooper waiting nearby of them. I had thought that their job was to enforce federal law and not be "bird-dog" for local police!
3/17/2015 4:56 AM
Yes they catch a lot of scumbags. The more cops, the better! Nothing to worry about if you're doing nothing illegal.
3/17/2015 1:35 AM
I didn't hear that they had any involvement in the big 27 people drug ring bust? So, not sure.
3/16/2015 11:37 PM
If they are within 10 miles it would be reasonable
3/16/2015 11:28 PM
I don't have any problem with these roadblocks as long as everyone is treated equally. I have heard of some folks being treated differently for no reason other than race; if this sort of thing is happening, it is totally inappropriate.
3/16/2015 11:26 PM
Roadblocks are not needed. What is needed is a fence around the sovereign nation that straddles the border. When you enter the area you can be asked why you're going there, "to gamble", to buy tobacco, etc. When you leave they can treat you as you would leaving Canada. All of the smuggling seems to come through the sovereign nation and locals that live near it shouldn't be bothered anymore than we are by Canadian manned roadblocks on our side of the border! (which we are not!) Re-route State Highway 37 and go around the place! Go ahead and keep monitoring the river from your drones and leave us alone!
3/16/2015 10:13 PM
Possibly they are. Are there any statistics from these roadblocks?
3/16/2015 9:46 PM
The right of Americans to move freely within their own country should not be infringed.
3/16/2015 9:32 PM
I would like to see the Border Patrol publish statistics regarding their roadblocks. I mainly view it as harassment, but if it is stemming the flow of drugs and illegal alien traffic, and can be proven that it is time and money well spent, then I might change my opinion.
3/16/2015 9:03 PM
I go though one often on U.S. Highway 11 and it's never a long wait or a big deal and if your not breaking the law no worries.
3/16/2015 8:53 PM
I was stopped on Route 3 over by Fine in a roadblock I had just finished cutting firewood and my bed was full of firewood. Some wet behind the ears officer asked me why I had wood in my truck and if I was hiding something . My family been here five generations cutting wood and living here never had more than speeding tickets. Why does the government think they can give a kid a badge to harass me? Why do I have wood in my truck is the stupidest question I heard that day?
3/16/2015 8:50 PM
3/16/2015 8:39 PM
It seems strange when they in the Adirondacks, but the Border Patrol knows what's necessary.
3/16/2015 8:36 PM
Actually we should all move to South America and let them have the USA. Problem solved.
3/16/2015 8:06 PM
Huge waste of money and time that's a state troopers job not the border patrol, and troopers could even cut back they do it far to much too
3/16/2015 7:47 PM
Good intelligence, aerial monitoring and camera monitoring should be more than enough. When stopping U.S. citizens a good amount of courteous public interface would certainly go a long way. The local citizens are not a national security threat and could or would probably help more if treated properly. Please treat us with a minimal amount of respect and it will be returned ten fold!
3/16/2015 7:18 PM
Remember that anywhere on U.S. Highway 11 or north of it is within the fair game rules of within 30 miles...its not how far to a border crossing station but how far to Canada. That said, we have enough evidence of smuggling of drugs, aliens, guns, and other items to warrant a little inconvenience in our lives. If they aren't hauling you to jail, then let it be.
3/16/2015 7:00 PM
Talk about a total waste of taxpayer dollars! Not to mention that they antagonize the general populace.
3/16/2015 6:56 PM
Yes, they're needed and effective. The more druggies and illegals they catch the better.
3/16/2015 6:45 PM
Hate them. It's busy work and not really their mandate. Go catch a terrorist and leave the rest of us alone.
3/16/2015 6:45 PM
First. Do you have something to hide? If not, just smile and realize that these officers are on the job and doing their job. Just realize that drug dealers and alien smugglers most generally use the back roads and the officers know what and who they are looking for.
3/16/2015 6:35 PM
3/16/2015 6:29 PM
Not necessary, not effective.
3/16/2015 6:14 PM
If they catch one scumbag a week, it is worth every bit of the time and expense. Lawbreakers need to be punished. Illegal aliens and other lawbreakers may get across the border, but if they are not caught there, they need to be caught "down the road."
3/16/2015 5:50 PM
Well, if the terrorists attacked us because they hate our freedom, mission accomplished. We have no more freedoms. So maybe now they'll leave us alone? Nope. Now we have roadblocks that treat US like the criminals.
3/16/2015 4:59 PM
Waste of time and money!
3/16/2015 4:57 PM
The only terrorists in this county work for the government. Seriously, it's time for all of us to stand up for our rights.
3/16/2015 4:49 PM
America is turning into Nazi Germany. What every happened to the fourth amendment of the constitution? They should probably remove the bill of rights out of the curriculum as they update the common core! The 2nd and 4th amendments are gone and the rest are on thin ice.
3/16/2015 4:45 PM
Absolutely not! Go patrol the border, not Route 11. We are just being conditioned for the future police state - "Your papers please".
3/16/2015 4:34 PM
They are good for the troopers when they get away from the donut shop and join in to stop and ticket every living thing they can get their mitts on.
3/16/2015 4:33 PM
Yes most definitely...but I still think there is way to many agents up here, especially when you see their vehicles parked on back roads in Lisbon as if they are hiding and not doing anything, except wasting our tax dollars.
3/16/2015 4:19 PM
Your wording is quite vauge, miles away, really? Is that 2, 5,10,20,50,100 miles? You know some people will say it's harassment they think they are better than everyone else. If you are an honest American then to have to slow down should not be a problem. Our piece of mind and safety is well worth it.
3/16/2015 4:01 PM
I guess it would depend on what tip they were following up on. If they were just setting up a road block for any other reason so far from the border my answer would be no.
3/16/2015 3:50 PM
Illegals, drugs, untaxed cigarettes - the Border Patrol roadblocks are notorious and do diminish some of the illegal traffic.
3/16/2015 3:42 PM
Whatever it takes.
3/16/2015 3:11 PM
3/16/2015 3:09 PM
These guys have run out of money…maybe because they all have huge gas guzzling Tahoes, etc...that they run all day & night.
3/16/2015 2:40 PM
I most certainly do!
3/16/2015 2:39 PM
They are needed, they are a pain in the butt, but they do get results.
3/16/2015 2:23 PM
The more the better.
3/16/2015 2:22 PM
Insulting and degrading in a free society...where are you going, your papers now
3/16/2015 2:21 PM
I think these roadblocks are excessive, intrusive, unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer revenue. I always have to stifle the urge to ask the officers if they're US citizens and where they come from every morning. If it's their business where I live and where I'm traveling to or from, wouldn't it stand to reason they would give that information freely, as well? Somehow, I bet it wouldn't work that way. I would suggest they use available funds for more investigations such as the recent "315" campaign, rather than roadblocks. That campaign yielded real results.
3/16/2015 2:07 PM
Effective for auto shops - whenever I get pulled over, I always run over a sharp implement and have to buy new tires. Great job BP. Too many of them in the area; northern border is not as dangerous as southern border.
3/16/2015 1:53 PM
We live in one of the biggest drug smuggling areas of the country. That and illegals coming through the reservation. You bet! Catch him here!
3/16/2015 1:52 PM
If you have an identified vehicle or identified individual in a suspected vehicle, that you have reason to believe is here illegally, involved in illegal affairs (trafficking drugs), etc., then set up a roadblock to try to catch that person. Why harass residents who live & work here, who are law-abidingly just going to work or home, the grocery store? Do you increase your chances of catching illegal activity? Is it worth turning off people who will be too mad to help law enforcement if they see something but now choose not to report it? By the way: What is the purpose of the helicopter that flies over the northern part of the county every single night? Who pays for that?
3/16/2015 1:28 PM
They are catching bad guys- keep up the good work!
3/16/2015 1:23 PM
Yes. How else are they supposed to do there jobs? I wish we had some kind of welfare fraud police in good old St. Lawrence County! No wonder people leave. Very depressing!
3/16/2015 1:01 PM
I believe the roadblocks are necessary and vital to protect our borders. We have some huge gaps along the northern border and must do everything we can to stop illegal immigrants from entering our country. In fact many of those illegals are trying to sneak in to do harm to our way of life. If you have nothing to hide then a roadblock isn't a big deal.
3/16/2015 12:43 PM
Yes because for every 10 annoying stops, they seem to be apprehending better than 25% of them for doing something illegal.
3/16/2015 12:40 PM
No, waste of taxpayer money. Of course, at least somebody has a job, so I guess it's not a total loss. What I really would like to know is who gives Border Patrol or state police for that matter, the right to park in a private property driveway; particularly a church. The Dekalb Methodist Church on Route 11 always has border patrol or state police parked in its driveway. Did they ask to be able to park right next to the church? And if the church did agree, we're they pressured? Certainly feels like an issue of separation of church and state to me. FYI another spot is the empty MX Fuel building right outside Richville. Always some law enforcement there!
3/16/2015 12:37 PM
It only takes two seconds and if you are not doing something wrong…what's the problem
3/16/2015 12:25 PM
3/16/2015 12:21 PM
Give us the number of arrests made and what for then I can decide if these roadblocks are necessary. Right now I feel that they are a bit troublesome.
3/16/2015 12:10 PM
I do not mind supporting any of our law enforcement agencies that are trying to uphold the law and keep us safe.
3/16/2015 11:56 AM
I for one will not travel Route 11 at all on weekends because of the roadblocks and spotter cars. Not saying what they are doing is not necessary. But we should not have to live in fear. We are over policed and I can tell you that living on New York State Police Route 58 is no fun either. There is not a day that I travel Route 58 that I will not see a patrol car or 3. But then again there were a few bad accidents in past years. I am not even doing anything wrong but somehow feel I am.
3/16/2015 11:49 AM
Yes very important. I feel much safer! If you have nothing to hide why worry.
3/16/2015 11:39 AM
I sometimes wonder what they are doing sitting there just off the road. what are they looking for? I feel like I could sit there and watch the cars go by and make the money they do.
3/16/2015 11:26 AM
I was shocked the first time I saw one between Tupper Lake and Long Lake. Seemed like a real waste of money.
3/16/2015 11:01 AM
I do not have anything to hide.
3/16/2015 10:57 AM
Keep up the good work!
3/16/2015 10:55 AM
No. I live a mile from the roadblock they run on Route 3 in Pitcairn. I have been there my whole life I was asked more than once by young officers where I live and where I am from. More than once I wanted to say I should be asking you those questions. Where is the US going where an old vet can be stopped for no reason by a kid who looks like he just moved here from away
3/16/2015 10:41 AM
Of course they are effective. Illegal aliens are the single biggest problem this country has right now. Every little bit helps.
3/16/2015 10:33 AM
Effective? Effective at what? If you mean effective at wasting money, yes. If you mean effective on trouncing on constitutional rights against unreasonable searches yes. If you mean effective at employing people with high paying jobs where there are very few yes. If you mean keeping us safe, no. There is no reason for these people to be stopping traffic on route three in Pitcairn and other places
3/16/2015 10:28 AM
Everyone complains about how drugs are infiltrating our tiny towns, yet they complain about the Border Patrol. You can't have it both ways, people!
3/16/2015 10:26 AM
NYS is a police state now.
3/16/2015 10:09 AM
By law, the Border Patrol can stop cars within a 100 miles, so if you don't like it, vote for new legislatures and help change the law. If you're an honest, law-abiding citizen, what's the big deal? They're only stopping and talking to you - our safety and security are more important than a few minutes delay.
3/16/2015 10:02 AM
They always use the same set up points, the outlaws know this so just how many do they actually catch other than local harassment to the people that travel these routes daily.
3/16/2015 10:00 AM
In reality I am unsure because as far as I know they do not publicly post their crimes and numbers. It is a pain when they stop and ask you your business, which it is none of theirs. having been to numerous Communist countries in the past, this is reminiscent of "Can I see your papers please?" What is funny is that they do not and are supposedly not authorized to go on these huge farms and round up the illegal aliens. In addition our "southern borders" are wide-open allowing hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. illegally without being stopped. But here on the "northern border" we are made to feel like criminals coming back into the country, or while being interrogated at a roadblock. What is this country coming to?
3/16/2015 9:38 AM
I believe that it is the function of the Border Patrol to monitor the border and not to be checking for motor vehicle law infractions.
3/16/2015 9:36 AM
Absolutely not - they are a waste of time and resources as well as an imposition on law-abiding citizens. If they want to do their job, they should go to the farms in Lisbon and area and gather up the illegal aliens working there and deport them. Seems silly to have roadblocks while ignoring the real illegals around.
3/16/2015 9:29 AM
People can cross the border anywhere and can head in any direction. Also, they catch a lot of drugs that way.
3/16/2015 8:59 AM
The Border Patrol, now part of DHS, Is a vital part of area anti drug enforcement. The existence of organized heroin smuggling and out of control meth manufacturing and sale in our homeland, justify the minor inconvenience of roadblocks.
3/16/2015 8:58 AM
The agents at the border either can't seem to stop the influx most likely through corruption so perhaps the roadblocks could be a little effective.
3/16/2015 8:57 AM
Fools who claim their rights are being violated would be the first to scream if they needed help and the Border Patrol or Troopers weren't there for them!
3/16/2015 8:46 AM
Absolutely essential to protect our borders!
3/16/2015 8:41 AM
Travelling in the County is like driving in a police state.
3/16/2015 8:32 AM
You should know that their questioning violates US constitution and you can politely refuse to exercise your rights. Judging by what the recent report said about heroin traffic in the area it is coming from NYC area so how is BP check points going to help that NYC unless they set up their checkpoints just outside the city. They should it is just like a foreign country anyhow.
3/16/2015 8:30 AM
The law officers need to catch these drug people. Anyway that they can.
3/16/2015 8:23 AM