POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 7:55am
HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The controversial Department of Public Safety random checkpoints are over in the Rio Grande Valley.
DPS ended the practice this weekend after three weeks of enforcement. It was aimed at the Valley because of a high frequency of citations given out to drivers without licenses. Those against the checkpoints feared immigration enforcement even though DPS clearly stated many times that status will not be checked.
"The community did not respond well to this operation because they already have that kind of trend where they call Border Patrol on another occasion," said Martha Sanchez of LUPE, an immigrant-rights group. "One lesson that could be learned from here is that the danger of any kind of department doing the immigration job that the community is not going to trust them."
DPS has not said when it will release information on the number of arrests made and citations given out.