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September 9, 2013

North Hudson roadblock at risk

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“I know there’s been some tragedy on the highway,” Lague said. “That’s very unfortunate.”

After the fatal crash, the the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report that concluded the roadblock was unsafe, and the Border Patrol said it made changes to the signage at the stop to make it safer.

CHECKPOINT AT RISK

Now, Lague said, the immigration-reform bill currently in Congress would limit their border checkpoints.

“We’d no longer be able to use the tool we have at the (North Hudson) checkpoint. It’s too far.”

An amendment to the bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) would shrink the Border Patrol’s authority to operate a checkpoint from within 100 miles of the border to within 25 miles.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) supports the Leahy proposal, as does U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh).

“Sen. Leahy got his bill included in the immigration bill that was passed in the Senate,” Owens said in a recent interview. “The stop between exits 29 and 30 would be eliminated. 

“It would have to be within 25 miles, so it would be between Plattsburgh and the border. I am fully supportive of this.

“We have checked with Homeland Security, and they’re comfortable with that as well,” Owens concluded.

Supervisor Supervisor Ronald Moore (R-North Hudson) said after Lague’s presentation that he supports the roadblock in his town.

“It’s been controversial, but they’ve made some significant seizures there. They made changes to it that improved the safety.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

 

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