US Border Patrol in Arizona Detains 96-Year Old Former Arizona Governor, Who Just Happens to Be Hispanic
US Border Patrol Agents in Arizona celebrated America’s then-upcoming birthday in the best way they know how: by being Constitution-abusing dicks. 96-year old Raul Castro, who served not only as Governor of Arizona (the only Latino governor Arizona has ever had, natch) but also a former US ambassador to Bolivia, El Salvador and Argentina, was on his way to a birthday party last month when he was detained by the Border Patrol for an estimated 30-45 minutes at a check point 22 miles away* from the Mexican border for giving off “possible” trace levels of radiation. Even after being told who Castro was and that the radiation was most likely from a medical procedure Castro received the day before, the Border Patrol insisted that the former Governor, who was wearing a suit, leave his air-conditioned car and stand inside a roadside tent, in temperatures nearing 100 degrees, while they tried to determine exactly what kind of dirty bomb the nonagenarian was smuggling. After deciding that the well-decorated public servant wasn’t some illegal immigrant planning on blowing up Flagstaff, the Border Control let Castro and his friend/driver go.
Castro was relatively calm about the incident, telling MSNBC, “I feel they’ve got a job to do and I don’t condemn them for doing a job, but once I was identified and I was 96 years of age and told them I had medical treatment the day before, I expected a little more.”