Press Release: Arivacans to Take Over Border Patrol Checkpoint, Call for its Closure
Community members will sit-in at the checkpoint to show public support for Rep. Grijalva’s promised federal hearing
For Immediate Release
[May 26, 2015]
Contact: PHP Media Team
Amado, AZ- At 10am on Wednesday, May 27 residents of the border town of Arivaca, AZ will take dramatic action to close the temporary Border Patrol checkpoint that has been stationed in their community for more than 8 years. Community members and supporters will sit-in at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road to hold a public hearing out on the damaging effects of immigration checkpoints in border communities. Citing widespread racial profiling, constitutional rights violations, abuse and harassment, economic deterioration, and increases in migrant deaths, the Arivaca community is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to remove all inland Border Patrol checkpoints. US Representative Raul Grijalva has promised to hold a federal congressional hearing before DHS officials on the issue.
Arivaca residents have been campaigning for the removal of this temporary Border Patrol checkpoint for the past two years. US Rep. Raul Grijalva, who has been a key supporter of borderlands communities, traveled to Arivaca last year to announce his plans to hold an Ad-hoc Congressional Hearing on the negative impact of the Border Patrol checkpoint. However, Rep. Grijalva never set a date for this hearing. Now, nearly one year later, Arivacans will demonstrate their support for him to deliver on his promise.
Residents are preparing to stand their ground at the checkpoint Wednesday as local business leaders, families, and experts are expected to speak to the negative effects of checkpoints. In this stand off between community interest and DHS policy, organizers are hoping that the US Border Patrol and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will respect the right to exercise free speech in this peaceful demonstration.
Throughout the week, actions for border demilitarization are taking place across southern Arizona. At the same time as the Arivaca protest, border communities in Bisbee, Ajo, Patagonia, and Sells will be holding simultaneous demonstrations in a regional day of action. See the border communities coalition press release for more information.
Residents will be available for comment by phone ahead of the event and in-person at the checkpoint on the 27th.