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Arivaca residents plan 24-hour vigil at BP checkpoint

Residents of Arivaca, south of Tucson, plan to launch 24-hour vigil and observation effort at 10 a.m. Sunday at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, just west of Interstate 19. Activists have argued that the checkpoint on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, is the site of civil rights violations, including unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling and excessive use of force.... Read more»

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Dec 6, 2014, 5:32 pm
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This group of people need to stop interfering with this border checkpoint. As an Arizonan I want the checkpoint and I believe they should be arrested if they have caused the checkpoint to be shut down even for a day. What a bunch of crazy idiots. BP seems to have been very patient so far.

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Dec 12, 2014, 9:27 am
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I know some of my friends and neighbors feel mistreated and harassed by BP agents at the Arivaca checkpoint.  This is regretful and should be an exception, not the rule.  I don’t know of anyone who wants border crossers to die in our desert, I most certainly don’t.  Having said that, I must say I appreciate our BP and their mission.  We should not try to measure their success by how many illegal crossers they catch or the amount of drugs they seize.  We should look at the amounts of drugs and numbers of crossers they don’t see because they are a DETERMENT, protecting our safety and homes.

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Arivaca residents will mark a year of efforts to remove the Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, west of I-19.

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