State law enforcement leaders said Tuesday they would no longer deploy controversial traffic checkpoints along the Texas-Mexico border, even as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for an unprecedented border enforcement initiative.
Critics called the so-called regulatory checkpoints — used in the Rio Grande Valley in September and October — state-operated immigration traps. Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw defended the program, saying it heightened safety and disputing allegations that it was a ruse to catch or intimidate immigrants who are in the country without legal documentation. He called the roadblocks a “tactically brilliant technique but strategically flawed.”
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