Over 3,600 Granite Staters have signed on to demand Governor Sununu call for an end to the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints being held on I-93.
Concord, NH — On Thursday, August 9, NextGen New Hampshire joined partner organizations to deliver over 3,600 petition signatures to Governor Sununu, demanding that he call for an end to the arbitrary and intrusive CBP checkpoints being held in New Hampshire. NextGen teamed up with the Granite State Organizing Project and the Upper Valley Interfaith Project to deliver the petitions.
Since early 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has held four roadblocks on I-93 to check the immigration status of every passerby, and there are up to 4 more checkpoints planned for this year. In the five weeks since the Families Belong Together rallies, more than 3,000 Granite Staters have stood up to say that these checkpoints are a violation of both our civil rights and our New Hampshire values, and that they’ll be voting on these issues in the fall.
Asma Elhuni, Lead Organizer with United Valley Interfaith Project said, “ It is not OK that there are armed federal agents harassing drivers with these intrusive stops asking people if they are citizens of this country. These stops resemble police states that we criticize in countries that violate civil and human rights. We expect the leader of NH, Governor Sununu to listen to the people of New Hampshire and speak strongly against this violation of our civil rights.”
In May of this year, the ACLU affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont filed a lawsuit to require government agencies to turn over records about civil rights violations arising from immigration enforcement in their states. The lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It seeks records concerning interior enforcement operations including Border Patrol checkpoints and bus raids, ICE…
Authored by Glen McStanly