Checkpoints within the 100-mile zone
These are often unexpected checkpoints, possibly located hours away from an actual border. You’ll go through some cones and a cluster of cameras and an agent in a green uniform will begin with the question, ‘Are you a United States citizen?’
Way back in 1953, when our country was employing just 1,100 border patrol agents nationwide, the United States Dept. of Justice established the 100-mile zone, allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) the ability to set up immigration checkpoints within 100 miles of any entry-point into the United States. Today, these powers are still in place and more than 21,000 border patrol agents are employed by the U.S. government.