Family outraged after traffic stop turns into Border Patrol detention

A family in the Montana Vista area said one of its members was unfairly detained after a traffic stop over the weekend.

The incident happened Saturday on Greg Street near Mountain View High School when Jesus Vasquez, 22, was pulled over by state troopers.

He ended up being detained, however, and later was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Video released by the Border Network For Human Rights shows state troopers and Border Patrol agents speaking with Vasquez on the side of the road.

The agency said Vasquez was pulled over for having tinted windows that were too dark.

When he wasn’t able to give troopers a driver’s license, Border Patrol agents were called to arrest him, the agency said.

The agency said Vasquez had been brought to the U.S. when he was 6 years old.

His family told KFOX14 he was about to get married, and has a 4-year-old daughter, who is a U.S. citizen.

“I think it's not fair what they're doing over there,” said Juan Lopez, a friend of Vasquez. “And I think they just had to give him a ticket, that's all.”

Although the Border Network For Human Rights calls Vasquez a "dreamer," in reference to the Dream Act that would grant immigrants like him lawful status, he doesn’t meet the requirements.

Family and friends said Vasquez dropped out of school in 10th grade, and records show he was arrested in 2014 on charges of failure to attend school.

The agency said this incident is significant, however, because law enforcement officers were enforcing immigration laws.

“That’s a county street. That is not a state road,” said Fernando Garcia, a spokesperson for the Border Network of Human Rights. “However, now we know in practice that the state troopers are all over, and also what’s very significant is that those are poor immigrant communities.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety said it does not actively enforce immigration laws.

“However, when our state law enforcement officers make contact with someone (during a lawful encounter) who is admittedly or suspected to be in the country illegally, that individual is immediately referred to the appropriate federal authorities,” said Moises Vasquez, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety.

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