The New Hampshire Legislature meets today for the first time in the new year. One piece of legislation carried over from last year would require that local agencies provide 24 hours’ public notice whenever federal officials set up highway checkpoints to apprehend persons who have entered the U.S. illegally.
You read that correctly. We thought an opponent of the bill, Republican Chris True of Sandown, summed it up well. He said it requires that notice be given so that those who are in the country illegally are alerted and can avoid the checkpoint.
But a bill proponent, Rep. Linda Harriott-Gathright, D-Nashua, said the notice is needed “given the significant intrusion on civil liberties that these federal checkpoints represent.”
Wait. Are significant intrusions of Granite Staters’ civil liberties OK with her so long as we all get a 24-hour head start? Is Harriott-Gathright really concerned with our civil liberties or is she merely trying to help illegals avoid apprehension?
We don’t think highway checkpoints are the best use of time or resources in New Hampshire. We already have a checkpoint at the Canadian border. Having agents of government, whether federal or state, stopping us and asking for our papers seems like Big Brother. But this “notice” bill doesn’t address that concern.
It would, however, finally give meaning and purpose to all those flashing highway signs put up at taxpayer expense.
“You might want to get off the bus now,” would be more informative than “Prepare for winter conditions.” Of course, multiple translations would be needed.