Driving through Alabama yesterday while on tour, Texas indie rock band Girl in a Coma got pulled over by la Migra. Their crime: Driving While Brown. Seems the Border Patrol agents stopped the band because they saw two Latinas in the front seats, the van had Texas plates, and was "full of luggage." It was one in the morning. The agent asked them for their papers.
Apparently la migra can stop anyone within 100 miles of the U.S. Border, including both coasts, and the Gulf of Mexico.This means anyone in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, among many others, can be stopped. In fact, 2/3 of American citizens live in this "constitution free zone." 197.4 million people. Some states such as Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and others, lie completly within this zone. No warrant or probable cause is needed for what the government calls a "routine search."
Girl in a Coma, driving twelve miles outside of Mobile, Alabama, were deep in the "constitution free zone." Apparently if you're Brown and have guitar cases piled in the back of your citizenship is questionable.
No other details except according to bass player Jenn Alva they were listening to Elvis Presley on their iPod.