Border patrol checkpoint near South Hero/Milton line slows traffic Monday

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If you needed more time than usual to drive from the Lake Champlain Islands to the mainland Monday afternoon, it was because of a temporary border patrol checkpoint.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection operated the checkpoint for a little more than two hours. It was on Route 2 near the town line between South Hero and Milton, along the Sandbar Causeway.

The immigrant rights group Migrant Justice looked on while the checkpoint was active.

“In our time here, we didn’t see anybody detained,” Migrant Justice staff member Will Lambek said. “There were a number of cars that were brought into what’s called secondary detention that were held for an additional amount of time and questions were asked, but we didn’t see any arrests.”

It’s at least the third time this year CBP has set up a checkpoint in that exact same spot. The agency also had one there in early May and again in mid-June.

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