ACLU questions Arivaca Road Border Patrol checkpoint - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

ACLU questions Arivaca Road Border Patrol checkpoint

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Union Pacific working to get train cars back on track near Picacho Peak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:16:43 GMT
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.More >>
    Crews are still working to clear the tracks after an overnight derailment in Pinal County. There were no injuries reported and nothing hazardous was on the train cars. Authorities say the track could be cleared up of cars by noon.More >>
  • Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Flash Flood Watch through Thursday; get a breakdown of the threat

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:46:09 GMT
    Source: Jack SumanSource: Jack Suman
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. More >>
    There are some things that are certain with the coming rain. You WILL get rain at some point over the next three days. There WILL be flooding in some areas of Southeast Arizona. There WILL be rain records broken. More >>
  • Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Marana, Oro Valley, Golder Ranch Fire offering sandbags to residents

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:41:08 GMT
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. More >>
    The Towns of Oro Valley and Marana, as well as Golder Ranch Fire District are offering free sandbags to residents who need to protect their homes. According Oro Valley and Marana officials, a limited number of sandbags are available to residents of both towns; residents within the Golder Ranch Fire District service area are also eligible. More >>
ARIVACA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arivaca residents who are concerned about a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint near their community now have a national legal organization by their side.

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Arizona has sent a letter to the U.S. Border Patrol chief agent in Tucson to request the removal of a checkpoint on Arivaca Road near the town of Amado.

The letter followed an effort among some Arivaca residents and the humanitarian rights group, People Helping People, to monitor and document checkpoint activity. It included protesting the checkpoint near its location.

ACLU Staff Attorney James Lyall stated in the letter, "The campaign is the culmination of Arivaca residents' growing concern with the overwhelming Border Patrol presence in their community as well as numerous rights violations of residents at the checkpoint."

Also at question is a sign that asserts the Border Patrol enforcement zone and states pedestrians must not approach too close to the checkpoint. Lyall claims the sign is unconstitutional.

"They have a clear First Amendment right to protest, to video record law enforcement in a public place. They're doing it on a public right of way, and Border Patrol's response has been to cordon off the right of way, to block access, to put 'no pedestrian' signs and restrict the ability of the people of Arivaca to protest," Lyall said.

Bobbie Chitwood, a 36-year resident of Arivaca, said such checkpoints "militarize" their community.

"There's more than just that checkpoint. There are checkpoints all over the country. We should care about that; that we have to stop as American citizens, and be asked our citizenship," Chitwood said.

A Border Patrol spokesperson said the Tucson office is aware of ACLU's request but could not comment beyond that until a statement regarding the issue is released in coming days.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.