Arizona town to monitor Border Patrol checkpoint

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

ARIVACA, Ariz. (AP) -- Residents of a small southern Arizona town say they will spend 24 consecutive hours monitoring the U.S. Border Patrol and holding a vigil.

The Arivaca residents have been monitoring a Border Patrol checkpoint about 20 miles north of the Arizona border with Mexico for several months.

They say the checkpoint violates their civil rights and two residents have filed a lawsuit against the agency.

The Border Patrol does not comment on pending litigation.

Activists will hold a 24-hour vigil beginning Sunday to commemorate one year since they demanded the Border Patrol remove the checkpoint. The Border Patrol says checkpoints are crucial to stopping drug and human smuggling.