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Report claims immigrants fearful in WA border town

A spokesman for the Border Patrol rejects claims Latinos are being questioned about their immigrant status and that people stopped for traffic violations are being deported. (AP Photo)

A new report claims stepped up border protection is creating an atmosphere of fear and mistrust among the immigrant community of Lynden, Wash.

The 48-page report claims Latinos are being questioned about their immigrant status and that people stopped for traffic violations are being deported.

A spokesman for the Border Patrol rejects those claims, saying the agency uses facts and federal guidelines to enforce the law, not profiling based on race or religion.

The report comes from the immigrant rights group OneAmerica and the University of Washington Center for Human Rights. It says the information comes from interviews and public testimony in the border town.

OneAmerica began exploring what it calls a growing number of complaints from immigrants living in counties along the state's northern border.

Some people in Lynden reject the findings. The head of a berry farmer's group says workers are not being deported, as feared.

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