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Dallas County Sheriff's conduct driver's license checkpoint

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Several FOX4 viewers asked via Facebook about an immigration checkpoint in the southeast part of Dallas county.

It became a major talking point with close to 300,000 people getting involved in the discussion.    

As it turns out, Dallas County Sheriff's deputies were at the intersection of I-20 and St. Augustine.

The department's spokesperson confirmed it was a checkpoint to verify that drivers' have their driver's license.

Immigration and customs enforcement told FOX4 that they were not involved and neither were any of their agents.

The checkpoint really got people talking about what the cops can and can't do.

FOX4 asked Dallas Attorney Clint David to help us out.

He answered questions regarding the legality of checkpoints.  In other words, can any law enforcement agency in Texas block off a road and start searching cars?

Can immigration do a checkpoint to verify someone's citizenship or tag-along on a local police checkpoint that was set up for a different purpose?

The checkpoint totals for Wednesday included:
85 total citations
68 for no Driver's License
1 arrest (possession of controlled substance & child endangerment)
60 tows

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