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Topic - James Lyall
Border Patrol agents at southern Arizona checkpoints routinely violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens with illegal searches and other actions despite the agency's mandate that stops be limited to immigration enforcement, according to a complaint filed Wednesday.
The Arizona ACLU said Tuesday that police in that state have used racial profiling to target Hispanics under that state's strict immigration laws, filing a legal complaint against the city of South Tucson and opening up another legal battle against the state's "show your papers" law.
Lyall said Border Patrol agents should not be conducting extended stops or searches of vehicles at the checkpoints "for non-immigration purposes, absent 'reasonable suspicion' that a crime has been committed."
"We've been informed of dozens of incidents where police have violated individuals' rights because of the 'show me your papers' law," said James Lyall, the ACLU of Arizona's Tucson-based border litigation attorney. "Officers are routinely harassing people who have committed no crime by demanding identification. Without major improvements to police policies and practices, these rights violations will persist."