An estimated 50,000 undocumented immigrants, mostly children, have streamed across the U.S. southern border since October 2013.
However, on the Alaskan U.S. border, a troop of Boy Scouts were recently stopped by armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, one of whom pointed a gun at a Scout's head (video below).
Boy Scout Troop 111 from Des Moines, Iowa, traveled into Canada via four vans, but when they attempted to cross into Alaska, they were stopped.
Scout leader Jim Fox claims that when a one of the Scouts took a picture of a U.S. Border Patrol agent, they were suddenly detained.
“The agent immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000 and 10 years in prison,” Fox told KCCI.
The U.S. Border Patrol agent claimed that it was a federal crime to take a picture of an agent, however, U.S. courts have repeatedly ruled that U.S. citizens can take pictures of law enforcement as long as they do not interfere with their duties, noted USA Today.
When another Scout was removing some luggage from the top of a van to be searched by the U.S. Border Patrol, an agent pointed a gun at his head.
“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” recalled Fox.
Four hours later, the law-abiding Scouts were allowed to enter Alaska.
Oddly, Charles Vonderheid of the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America said the troop learned a good lesson (about harassment) from the U.S. Border Patrol, noted PhotographyIsNotaCrime.com.
“We want to make sure they follow the rules," stated Vonderheid. "A Scout is a good citizen. It would be a great lesson in civics for that young man and that troop."