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Observers tracking Border Patrol stops at Arivaca checkpoint

Arivaca residents, frustrated with a border checkpoint they say is intimidating and intrusive, have launched a new program that will track stops by U.S. border agents near the town. "It was supposed to be temporary, and years later, it’s still here and every year, they add something to make it ever more permanent," an observer said.

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Feb 27, 2014, 2:24 pm
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You don’t want a checkpoint? Fine. Ask the cartels to stop smuggling in drugs and ask the border jumpers to respect our immigration laws.

Feb 27, 2014, 4:19 pm
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@cohe2041, the steady stream of promotional press releases from CBP touting arrests and seizures at the checkpoint would point to your being incorrect.

Feb 27, 2014, 5:05 pm
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@cohe2041, I’m not being sarcastic at all (although that is often a safe assumption). You said, “itís not like smugglers and illegals go through the checkpoint.” Demonstrably, they do, even if BP refuses to release stats.

Whether having the checkpoint be permanent or not, whether to have one at all, and where to locate it if there is to be one are decisions that need to be made while considering facts, not talking points and suppositions.

Would I like to know the numbers on how many arrests are made, compared with how many extended contacts and searches there are? Of course; we and many other news organizations have asked for that sort of data many times.

What little we do know is that alleged undocumented people, and smugglers, are detained there, and drugs seized. If they weren’t, BP wouldn’t put out so many releases touting the incidents.

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