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Church group alleges harrassment by border agents

Posted June 14, 2011 7:11 p.m. EDT
Updated June 15, 2011 5:58 a.m. EDT

— Members of a Raleigh church plan to file a formal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, alleging agents treated them with disrespect.

Elizabeth Simpson, an attorney for Buen Pastor Church, at 705 Pershing Road, said 44 church members, many of them children, were traveling on Interstate 10 in Lake Charles, La., in April on their way back from a conference in Houston. Border patrol agents stopped their vans and, Simpson said, mocked and harassed the adults.

The border patrol had not responded to the claims Tuesday.

The church plans a press conference to air the grievance on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. It will be followed by a prayer vigil.