BROWNSVILLE, RGV – A story written by Debbie Nathan, Texas reporter for the American Civil Liberties Union, includes dash cam video of Department of Public Safety troopers stopping drivers on the border.

The videos were obtained through open records requests.

Nathan said DPS contacts Border Patrol if the drivers are undocumented. The drivers, who are often pulled over for minor traffic infractions, could have immediate next of kin that are documented. It does not matter, she says, the families are ripped apart.

The story appeared in The Intercept. The project was supported by the journalism non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

​”As the investigative reporter for the ACLU of Texas working collaboratively with The Intercept, I’ve been using open-records requests for several months to obtain dash cam video of DPS troopers stopping drivers on the border, especially here in the Rio Grande Valley,” Nathan told the Rio Grande Guardian.

“Many DPS dash cams show people who’ve lived and worked peacefully here for years and have Texas-born children, stopped for minor infractions like tinted windows, then carted off by the Border Patrol. Some have been deported, and I went to Mexico to find them. I interviewed people in our own RGV community, including  U.S.-citizen kids, who’ve been traumatized and their families separated. Their grief and the DPS videos made it emotionally hard for me to report the story.”

Nathan’s story was supported by the journalism non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above story shows Border Patrol agents working at a processing facility in Brownsville, Texas on June 18, 2014. Photo: Eric Gay/AP.