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Feds coming to PA on Border Patrol changes

February 5th, 2013 - 7:42am

(Port Angeles) -- Federal officials come to Port Angeles tonight to talk with the public about new Border Patrol policies.

Agents no longer will provide interpretation services for local law enforcement.

Representatives from the Justice Department, Homeland Security and the Border Patrol will listen to the public about local experiences with language assistance and access.

The meeting starts at 6 pm at Peninsula College's Longhouse.

Late last year, Homeland Security announced Border Patrol agents would no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help.

Instead agents are to refer such requests to private services often used by government agencies.

It had been common practice for local law enforcement to use Border Patrol agents for interpreting services.

But, immigration advocates complain that Border Patrol agents ask people questions about immigration and in some cases arrest people suspected of being in the country illegally.


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