10/2/2006Wyoming: DUI Roadblock Used to Round Up Illegals
Yellowstone National Park visitors subjected to drunk driving roadblock that finds no drunks.
Traffic on Wyoming's Highway 191 was blocked for hours last Thursday as Yellowstone National Park Rangers subjected park visitors and other traffic to searches between 3pm and 7pm. The federally funded drunk driving roadblock failed to find anyone driving under the influence -- the stated purpose for the intrusion. Instead, the checkpoint was used to generate a small amount of traffic ticket revenue and round up illegal aliens.
Some forty-one motorists were subjected to a full searches after rangers cited "probable cause." Of these, two motorists were ticketed for paperwork violations along with two others for having open containers of alcohol in the vehicle. Thirteen illegal aliens were discovered and handed over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service.