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Residents claim racial profiling at Border Patrol checkpoint

Arivaca residents said Sunday that they have evidence of racial profiling against Latino drivers during two months of observation of a Border Patrol checkpoint south of Tucson. Although thousands of drivers passed through the checkpoint, no arrests were made as observers recorded the actions of border agents.... Read more»

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Oct 20, 2014, 2:35 pm
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If this checkpoint goes away, then this road will soon become the busiest for smugglers. This would be sheer lunacy.

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Oct 22, 2014, 9:36 am
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I must be the 1% of white population that gets asked for identification each and every time I pass through a checkpoint. The agents profile not only Latinos but whites as well by asking, “Are you a US citizen?” Because I’m not, I have to produce my German passport each time I go through, as well as answer lengthy questions about where I live, why I am in the country, how long I’ve been in the country, and what I do for a living.

If I was living here illegally, what would I do? OF COURSE I would lie and answer “Yes, I am a citizen,” because I’d have nothing to lose. And I bet that is exactly what many who live here illegally do. Therefore, the agents are hardly to blame for asking for ID in those cases. And I’m sorry, it is simply the reality that Latinos are more likely to live in this region than non-Latinos. I find the “racial profiling” argument silly for that reason.

If the government was serious about keeping illegals out, BP would stop asking the silly question of “Are you a citizen” and simply check everybody’s ID.

I’m all for open borders, but IF you want to maintain a border and insist on legal immigration, please stop complaining about racial profiling. It’s a bit of a slap in the face of those of us who try to live here legally and face the exact same issues, except nobody cares because we’re white.

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Oct 22, 2014, 9:40 am
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I didn’t realize one couldn’t edit their comments after posting, or that my screen name would be anonymous. My name is Daniel Stolte.

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Observers watching the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint from February to April say they have found evidence of racial profiling by agents.

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