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Activists Question Removal of Three Undocumented San Diego Teens

Immigrants and civil rights activists are questioning the Border Patrol and the Transportation and Security Administration officials' arrest and removal of three undocumented teenagers in San Diego.

Border Patrol officials say they were supporting a Transportation Security Administration operation when Border Patrol agents detained 21 people at the Old Town Trolley Station.

Agents say they sent all but two who had criminal charges back to Mexico.

Among the group were three minors headed to high school.

Questions swirl around the incident including what prompted the arrests and if the Border Patrol had consent to return the minors to Mexico.

Kevin Keenan directs the ACLU in San Diego. He says facts are still coming to light. However,

"It makes you wonder if this is the change President Obama promised us."

Border Patrol officials say they followed protocol.

TSA officials say they don't conduct racial profiling. They say their partners follow their own mission.

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europa92103 | May 22, 2009 at 11:43 p.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

These are students going to school here in San Diego. There parents came over to try to get a better life. This is not a crime. Yes, they are undocumented and should go to the back of the line to get citizenship. They are not cattle. They are human beings who have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Let us welcome them as friends.

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TomWins | May 23, 2009 at 9:17 a.m. ― 7 years, 10 months ago

What has our country become and more fearful yet, what are we becoming. We've sacrificed our Bill of Rights and Constitution for a feeling of safety. We allow people to be tortured and treated worse than animals. Our country was built on immigrants and it's future will be built on immigrants.

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