Two busses on the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride (www.iwfr.org) were stopped by Border Patrol agents just outside of EL Paso, Texas. People were apparently ordered off the buses to be indentified, but people refused to provide the documentation asked for. This show of strength and solidarity, plus the immediate intervention of the local Bishop and elected officials, most likely forced the Border Patrol to back off and let folks through. Si se puede!
Some great quotes from one of the organizers, who was quoted by a local radio station
story here: http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=9a159db2-b1c0-4c44-9967-fa051f9e63b4
"They were asked for their identification but the passengers felt it was racial profiling and exercised their right to remain silent," Bicchieri said. "Almost everyone on both busses are people of color."
"This shows exactly why these laws are needed," Bicchieri said. "People who are working, paying taxes, contributing into this economy, contributing to this society, should not worry that when they drive to another part of the country they live in, that they will be stopped, and harassed, and asked for papers."
Bicchieri said 'if a group of Boy Scouts' had been traveling down the same route, "they wouldn't have been stopped and asked for documentation."