Border arrests increase on reservation
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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2002

The U.S. Border Patrol has made 120,000 fewer arrests along the Mexican border with Arizona since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The drop didn't apply to the Tohono O'odham Reservation, however, which spans the border. According to the Associated Press, the number of arrests on the reservation increased dramatically.

The tribe contends that enforcement has stepped up in recent years to the detriment of members on both sides of the border. A bill to ensure American citizenship for all members and allow free passage is being pushed in Congress.

Get the Story:
Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border Fall (AP 6/6)

Get the Bill:
To clarify the citizenship eligibility for certain members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, and for other purposes (H.R.1502)

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