Border Patrol makes few immigrant arrests at checkpoints

Border Patrol makes few immigrant arrests at checkpoints

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – A report has found that the U.S. Border Patrol makes a low number of immigrant arrests at its various inland checkpoints in Arizona.

The report came amid growing opposition to the checkpoints, including a lawsuit filed by residents of a small Arizona town who say agents racially profile and deny citizens their rights during encounters.

The agency has been secretive about how many arrests and seizures are made at its 11 checkpoints within the Tucson Sector. But the ACLU sued and obtained limited data showing that less than 1 percent of overall apprehensions happen at checkpoints. The Tucson Sector comprises nearly all of Arizona.

The Border Patrol has said checkpoints are crucial to stopping human and drug smuggling. It said in a statement Thursday that it can’t comment on ongoing litigation.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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