Arizona Interior Enforcement Complaint
In June 2016, the ACLU of Arizona filed a complaint on behalf of ten individuals with U.S. Department of Homeland Security oversight agencies and the Department of Justice demanding investigations into abuses arising from Border Patrol interior operations.
Most of the incidents described in the ACLU’s complaint arose in the course of Border Patrol checkpoint and “roving patrol” stops. Several describe agents wrongfully detaining innocent residents for days in filthy, frigid, and overcrowded detention facilities. Although these individuals were not charged with any crime or immigration violation, their property was confiscated and some had to pay thousands of dollars to recover a vehicle.
In other cases, residents describe facing constant surveillance and harassment on their own property, including frequent incursions by low-flying Border Patrol helicopters.
A copy of the ACLU complaint to CBP and DOJ is available here.
A district court case was filed but was dismissed on February 15, 2018.
Contact: Mitra Ebadolahi| ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties| firstname.lastname@example.org