Majority against border patrol agents making arrests in Coos County - 319 participants, 646 responses

May 24, 2016

In May, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill that provides legal protections to federal border patrol agents operating in New Hampshire. The bill, HB 1298, was originally written to address property damage from snow mobiles and OHRVs.  The Senate amended the bill to give border patrol agents the power to make arrests under state law in Coos County. The bill also gives border patrol agents the same liability protections as state law enforcement. On May 24, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should border patrol agents have the power to make arrests in Coos County?”

“Should border patrol agents have the power to make arrests in Coos County?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 80% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 20% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 646 responses from 319 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: A majority, at 70% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed giving border patrol agents the power to make arrests under state law.

  • “They should be protecting the border—not chasing ATVs or snowmobiles.”
  • “To me the name says it all—‘Border Patrol.’ Their main function is to protect our borders, north and south, from illegals trying to get in and to prevent drug intrusion.”
  • “No, we have enough cops up here and very little crime.”

Yes: A minority, at 30% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported giving border patrol agents the power to make arrests under state law.

  • “Yes, if the arrest has to do with someone who they feel is illegal or contributing to an illegal’s activity.”
  • “It seems to simply be extending state protections to federal employees who are already helping us. This isn't Big Brother.”
  • “If a cop in the North Country needs help and a border patrol agent can do so, absolutely.”

Other: As noted above, 20% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion: “Do you even understand how much deporting millions of working illegal immigrants… would also crush our economy?”
  • Debating the impact of border enforcement: “So all the drugs and illegals eating our tax dollars don't cost money and kill the economy?”
  • Discussing powers currently afforded to border patrol agents: “Border patrol and/or ICE should be arresting the folks employing undocumented immigrants in all counties. Let's get to the root of the ‘illegal’ issue.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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Should border patrol agents have the power to make arrests in Coos County? Leave a comment and have your say! 

Comments

Joanne Robbins
- Salisbury

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 9:10am

If the agents are authorized law-enforcement personnel, yes they should have the authority to make arrests. In Maine, chief law-enforcement agents are game wardens.

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