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Arizona Residents Monitoring Border Patrol Checkpoint

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent and drug sniffing German Shepherd Jack-D prepare to search vehicles for drugs at a checkpoint near the U.S. Mexico border on Feb. 26, 2013 north of Nogales, Ariz. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent and drug sniffing German Shepherd Jack-D prepare to search vehicles for drugs at a checkpoint near the U.S. Mexico border on Feb. 26, 2013 north of Nogales, Ariz. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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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.

Six residents monitored the checkpoint Wednesday on Arivaca Road, 25 miles north of the Mexico border.

A Border Patrol spokesman says 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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