Tribal members fear border harassment
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The Tohono O'odham Nation is continuing its push to have all tribal members declared citizens of the United States, whether or not they have the documentation to prove it.

The tribe's ancestral land spans the U.S.-Mexico border and tribal members are supposed to be allowed free crossing. But they have complained about a crackdown and they say they are constantly harassed and arrested for not being able to provide the necessary documents.

A bill would establish citizenship for all tribal members. Detractors, however, said it could increase illegal crossings on reservation land.

Get the Story:
Border tensions cause woes for Tohono O'odham (The Arizona Republic 11/26)
Tohono O'odham Reservation becomes favored illegal crossing point (The Arizona Republic 11/26)
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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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