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Activists continue protests against BP checkpoint

Vowing to stage a "sit-in" to highlight their frustration with a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, more than 100 protesters surged toward the site Wednesday, and were turned away by a waiting phalanx of nearly two dozen Border Patrol agents. After a few tense moments, including a shoving match with agents, the protest ended peacefully and no one was arrested.
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May 28, 2015, 6:44 am
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My husband did two tours in Viet Nam to preserve these people’s right to protest freely, but we strongly disagree with them.  We support the Border Patrol.  Their checkpoints in Amado and 3 Points have proven to be a huge deterrent to all illegal activity.

May 28, 2015, 9:45 am
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As Homeland Security refuses to release any data on checkpoint effectiveness, there isn’t anything “proven” one way or another. It’d be very interesting to find out what role the checkpoints are playing.

May 28, 2015, 11:26 am
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As a 39 year resident of 3 Points, Sasabe and Arivaca, I can tell you the undesirable traffic is almost nothing compared to what it used to be.  I think part of the “effectiveness” problem is that we try to measure the numbers and pounds caught instead of recognizing how much no longer even tries to get through.  Let me say this, I have no objection whatsoever to immigration, as long as it is done legally.  I understand some of the “Catch 22’s” our current policies put on people trying to enter legally, and the constraints on getting passports in Mexico.  I think there needs to be adjustments made to the policies on both sides of the border.

May 28, 2015, 8:27 pm
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Vietnam did not protect anyone’s right to protest

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