ARIVACA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Residents of Arivaca joined People Helping People in Border Zones in monitoring a US Border Patrol Checkpoint on Highway 286 on Thursday, Feb. 4. Members of the group said they are gathering data and making sure driver's rights aren't violated.
The residents have been asking for the removal of interior checkpoints near their community. The checkpoints on Arivaca Road and Hwy 286 block the only roads in and out of town. They also claim there is abuse, harassment and racial profiling at the checkpoints.
"It's very difficult especially for people like me with brown skin because there is racial profiling and we get questioned more. I went through all the legal papers to become a citizen and they still treat me like that. It's totally messed up," Arivaca resident Carlota Wray said.
Wray said she travels through checkpoints daily.
Residents released a report after collecting data and observing the checkpoint on Arivaca Road. They found Latino drivers were 26 times more likely to show ID at the checkpoint than white drivers. Latino drivers were also 20 times more likely to be pulled into secondary inspection than white drivers, according to the report.
This is the first time residents have monitored this particular checkpoint. The group also monitored the checkpoint on Arivaca Road for the past two years, and have held protests there.