The ACLU sued Border Patrol to get more insight into the use of “roving patrols,” Reuters reports.
The suit comes after the CBP ignored a July 2014 request under the Freedom of Information Act to release information on the patrols, which lead to people being stopped more than 100 miles from the Mexico border.
“The Border Patrol operates as a rogue agency, claiming extra-constitutional powers that extend far from any border, and operating with no effective oversight,” said Adrienna Wong, attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California in a statement.
The request seeks records from the San Diego and El Centrol sectors. The ACLU wants to know how many people are stopped, what the policies are and what the complaints are.
“Roving patrols have long been associated with civil rights violations, and abuses are not limited to the Southwest, as prior FOIA lawsuits have shown,” the statement said.