Border Patrol agent attempting to pull Rick Herbert from car

Video: Border Patrol Pulls U.S. Citizen From Car, Detains Family For Exercising Rights


Video has emerged showing a man, woman and their 4-year-old child being ordered and pulled from their vehicle and taken into custody by Border Patrol agents after refusing to answer a question and pop the trunk at an inland California checkpoint.

The footage, recorded by a dashboard camera, shows the family pulling up to a border checkpoint 35 miles north of El Centro, just east of San Diego on March 12.

An agent asks the man, identified as Rick Herbert, “How are you, where are you going to today?”

“I’m sorry, sir,” Herbert responds. “I don’t have to answer that question.”

After repeating the question and ordering the man to pull to the curb, the agent reaches into the man’s open window.

“Get your hands out of my car,” Herbert says before pushing out the agent’s arm. “This is assault. What is your reasonable suspicion?”

The agent then begins to question the family, who are obvious U.S. citizens, whether or not they are in they are in country illegally before attempting to pull the man from his vehicle for refusing to pop the trunk.

“No, you cannot look,” Herbert says, making clear, “I do not consent to any searches or seizures. What is your reasonable suspicion?”

The video then shows the agent grabbing the man’s arm and wrestling him to remove him from vehicle, twisting his hand and arm in the process.

“Dude what is your problem? I’ve got to unbuckle my seat-belt,” Herbert says. “You’re being recorded.”

Herbert is then pushed against the side of the vehicle, ordered to spread legs, while his 4-year-old son cries in the car. Another agent says to Herbert, “You brought this on yourself.”

Herbert is taken away while another agent gets in the driver’s seat of the car question the woman.

The woman at that point breaks down in tears and says, “My God, I’m coming back from a doctor’s appointment.”

The agent instantly jumps, “Is there any medication in the vehicle?”

“Your husband put us in this bind,” the agent says. “Okay, step out.”

The agent then opens the back door and tries to order the toddler out of the car, but the boy cries uncontrollably screaming, “No, I don’t like you!”

The video ends with the woman, using a cane, following the agents with her child saying, “I’ve never been arrested.”

Watch the raw footage:

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect Americans from random and arbitrary stops and searches.

The U.S. governemnt however, has determined that basic constitutional principles do not apply fully at our borders. Immigration officials enjoy broad extra-Constitutional powers. Specifically, federal regulations give U.S. Customs and Border Protection authority to operate within 100 miles of any U.S. “external boundary.”

This means Border Patrol can operate immigration checkpoints and search your property as deep as 100 miles inland. Consequently, about two-thirds of the United States’ population, or about 200 million people, live within this ‘Constitution-free zone.’



  • Jim N Tammy

    They will do this to us. The pres says don’t do it to the illegals.

  • Mike

    What a pussy. This is the problem with cowardly patriots. Their hearts are in the right place, but they let themselves down when push comes to shove. Punch the MF in the face when he sticks his hands in your car! Jump out and kick his ass. If you’re not willing to fight physically with these thugs then don’t bother using words. Words would only work on border patrol agents who keep their oaths and respect the Constitution. But then they wouldn’t be part of an unconstitutional check point to begin with. So the thugs in uniforms aren’t going to care when you say “what’s your probable cause?”. See? it just won’t work and then you’ll be faced with either backing up your words or, like the guy in the video, wimping out. So either stand up for your rights or be a pussy, but choose.