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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Community leaders and other groups are expected to meet downtown this morning to talk about border issues and Border Patrol check points.

The groups say they will be creating their own border reality checkpoints at Wednesday morning's in Armory Park.

In addition to community leaders, the ACLU of Arizona and the Border Action Network will also be on hand. The goal of the groups will be to help educate people about their rights. They claim CBP is acting out of control, abusing their power and the rights of border residents with no accountability.

According to the officials with the ACLU and Border Action Network, communities along the border reporting they feel they are treated with suspicion by CBP and subjected to unjustified searches and verbal and physical abuse.

The Border Reality Checkpoint Education movement is not only taking place in downtown Tucson, there will be rallies in California, Texas and New Mexico.

Also this morning in Arivaca, community members will staff a 'know your rights' booth, south of the Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road.

The group is protesting the checkpoint and will be monitoring it to deter abuse and document rights violations.

Border Patrol officials released this statement in regard to these checkpoints:

Checkpoints are an effective and essential component of the Border Patrol’s strategy. These checkpoints are critical to our patrol efforts for they deny major routes of egress from the border region to smugglers intent on delivering people, drugs, and other contraband into the interior of the United States. The Border Patrol carefully selects checkpoint locations to maximize border enforcement and continuously evaluates our operations to ensure they are effective and do not pose undo impact to law abiding citizens. In addition, we are dedicated to continued meetings with local representatives and community members of Arivaca, Green Valley and Tubac to address their concerns. Our agents will continue to diligently protect and secure America’s borders by accomplishing our mission within the context of the U.S. search and seizure laws and the judicial decisions that regulate checkpoint operations, such as INA 287 and U.S. vs. Martinez-Fuerte among others.

In the Tucson Sector, checkpoints remain a critical piece of infrastructure and a highly effective tool in our enforcement efforts to secure our nation’s borders. From FY2010 through FY2013, Tucson Sector checkpoints have made approximately 6,372 apprehensions and seized over 135,000 pounds of narcotics. The Arivaca-Amado checkpoint has been in operation for approximately seven years and there are no current plans to alter checkpoint operations in that location. Tucson Sector continues to welcome and encourage comments from all of our community members regarding Border Patrol operations.

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