TUCSON, Ariz. — Some residents of the southern Arizona town of Arivaca are
monitoring one checkpoint to see how many arrests and drug seizures the U.S.
Border Patrol actually makes.
It’s part of a fight to remove longstanding Border Patrol checkpoints on the
roads leading into the town 60 miles southwest of Tucson.
Arivaca residents say they are regularly subjected to delays, searches,
harassment and racial profiling at the checkpoints.
Six residents monitored the checkpoint Wednesday on Arivaca Road, 25 miles
north of the Mexico border.
A Border Patrol spokesman says the agency won’t release data for individual
Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Manuel Padilla rejected a petition last month
from Arivaca residents and businesses calling for removal of the checkpoints.