North County Times, 6 Aug 2008, By Edward Sifuentes
A prominent immigrant rights activist was detained Tuesday for several hours by U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego for allegedly paying an illegal immigrant to cross the border.
He was later released with no charges filed against him, a spokesman for the agency said.
Christian Ramirez, the national immigrants’ rights coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker human rights organization, said he was stopped and questioned at about 4 p.m. by agents at Border Field State Park near the border.
Ramirez was later taken to the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station, where he was held until about 10 p.m.
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