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AZ High School Students Protest Classmate's Detainment By Border Patrol


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — About 120 high school students in southern Arizona have marched to demand the release of their classmate Thomas Torres, who they say is being held by the Border Patrol after a traffic stop.


Torres was a football player and high school senior about to graduate. Pima County Sheriff's deputies reportedly took him into custody Thursday and turned him over to the Border Patrol.

Border Patrol and sheriff's officials on Monday did not immediately answer requests for information and comment.

Signs carried by Desert View High School students read, "Thomas is the American Dream" and "Abolish the Border Patrol."

Victor Mercado is a spokesman for the Sunnyside Unified High School District who was at Monday's protest. He says students are anxious because they don't know where Torres is being held.