Photograph: An armed right-wing militia group posted videos on social media Facebook and Twitter in which they detained approximately 200 illegal immigrants. The legally armed militia held the suspects and notified the U.S. Border Patrol and awaited their arrival.
UPDATE: While the Democratic Party has done little if anything against Black Panthers intimidating voters or Antifa members destroying property or assaulting conservatives, New Mexico’s Sens. Tom Udall (D) and Martin Heinrich (D) are calling for a federal investigation of a militia group. On, Saturday, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested in the border community of Sunland Park by the FBI with the help of local police, according to a statement. Hopkins was a member of the group — United Constitutional Patriots — holding migrants in the area, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a separate statement.
Although politicians — mostly Democrats with some Republicans — and the news media either applaud or defend the actions of left-wing groups such as Black Lives Matter, MoveOn.org, Antifa, the New Black Panther Party, and multi-billionaire George Soros’ myriad radical organizations, these same politicians and news purveyors are quick to vilify so-called extremist right-wing organizations who take action to defend their communities.. Such a scenario occurred on Wednesday.
An armed militia group known as the United Constitutional Patriots that routinely operates at the U.S.-Mexico border openly boasted on social media this week that they succeeded in capturing and detaining about 200 illegal aliens from one of the caravans that trekked from Central America through Mexico and managed to sneak into the United States.
“While the politicians and news people were quick to condemn the militia members as being vigilantes, the United Constitutional Patriots have never killed or wounded even one illegal immigrant, something that cannot be said about the so-called professional cops at the Mexican border region,” said former police sergeant Leslie B. Crimmons, who trains civilians in self-defense and firearms safety.
In a biting statement to the news media, the governor of New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said that it was “completely unacceptable” that migrants be “menaced or threatened” upon entering the U.S.
” It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” she added.
But Gov. Grisham appears to be wrong in her statements against the militia, according to several law enforcement officials.
“She obviously is ignorant of the laws governing the arrest of suspects by private citizens. Gov. Grisham needs to look up the section of Criminal Procedure Law which describes how citizens are empowered to arrest a suspect,” notes Det. Sgt. James Kovaks. “I wonder what she would say if one of those 200 illegals killed an American citizen,” Kovaks added.
Thousands more immigrants are heading toward the U.S.-Mexican border, hoping to gain permanent residency here even as the Trump administration tightens rules on detention and obtaining political asylum.
Some 2,000 migrants arrived in Mexico this week, forcing officials of Chiapas state to declare an emergency. 5,000 more migrants had set out toward the U.S. on Monday, according to the Mexico News Daily.
“The reason for such a large number of caravans and caravan members is partially the result of Democratic Party operatives going to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and promising the downtrodden, the uneducated, the criminal and perverted a better life including free food (food stamps), free shelter (Section 8 Housing), free healthcare and free education,” said political strategist Mike Baker.
“In San Francisco, one of the nation’s first ‘sanctuary cities,’ illegal aliens — even those committing felonies — enjoy almost hero-status by the Democrats who run the city while military veterans suffering from physical wounds and mental illness such Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are living on the streets of San Francisco,” Baker, a former police officer, noted.
In a statement released on Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said it wants members of the volunteer militia group arrested for detaining immigrants at gunpoint and impersonating U.S. Customs and Border Protection. But according to former prosecutor Jeffrey Cianowsky, the militia group did not wear Border Patrol uniforms or identification and they were in within their rights to make a citizen’s arrest.
“Once again, the ACLU has exposed itself as a left-wing political group rather than the nonpartisan civil liberties protection group it claims to be,” said Cianowsky.