Woman Screamed at and Harrassed At Border Patrol Checkpoint

April 17, 2014 1:31 pm  • 

Arivaca is a warm and vibrant community on the Arizona side of the U.S./ Mexico border. Unfortunately for residents, it is also a highly militarized and surveilled zone. In order to go to work, school, or the store, residents must pass through the Arivaca Rd. checkpoint, 25 miles north of the border, where they are subject to abuse and interrogation by Border Patrol agents. Racial profiling and civil rights violations have become the norm. In this video, a white women is screamed at by an agent and forced to exit her car. Community members know that this kind of abuse is typical and often much worse for residents of color. The checkpoint is also responsible for forcing migrants to walk through remote and dangerous desert in order to enter the country, resulting in many deaths. For these and many other reasons community members are fighting to have the checkpoint removed.

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