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Tag: Southern Arizona

Border Patrol Accused of Excessive Force, Illegal Searches in Arizona

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are accused of using excessive force and conducting illegal searches on people in southern Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports.

The ACLU claims the abuses are occurring without any explanation and said scores of people have complained.

The ACLU is delivering an administrative complaint Thursday morning.

The complaints come just two weeks after the ACLU settled a lawsuit over similar Border Patrol methods in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

Environmentalists Concerned About Growth of Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Add environmentalists to the groups of people opposing the growth of the Border Patrol.

The inundation of 20,000 agents could irrevocably damage the Southern Arizona’s deserts and wildlife, according to the Siera Club Borderlands, which has a Tucson office.

Border Patrol is not subject to environmental laws along the international border, creating fears that heavy SUVs and hundreds of miles of more fencing and hardware would cause significant environmental harm, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

“This goes far beyond what has been considered in the past. It is one thing when you have 10,000 agents. When it is double, it’s something entirely different,” said Dan Millis, spokesman for Sierra Club Borderlands. “We are talking about having 38,500 Border Patrol agents. It’s an agency that has grown too fast, and I fear that it is going to bust.”