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Arivaca residents are monitoring border checkpoint

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - 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.

The residents were monitoring one checkpoint on Wednesday.

A Border Patrol spokesman told The Arizona Republic that the agency won't release data for individual checkpoints.

Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Manuel Padilla rejected a petition last month from Arivaca residents and businesses calling for removal of the checkpoints.

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