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The Times reported:
A right-wing militia group operating in southern New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the border between the United States and Mexico.
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Members of the group, which calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, filmed several of their actions in recent days, including the detention this week of a group of about 200 migrants who had recently crossed the border near Sunland Park, N.M., with the intention of seeking asylum. They uploaded videos to social media of exhausted looking migrant families, blinking in the darkness in the glare of what appeared to be the militia’s spotlights.
Professed militias have long operated along the border with attempts to curb the flow of undocumented migrants into the United States. But targeting the recent influx of families, who are legally allowed to request asylum and often quickly surrender to Border Patrol agents, is raising tension with human rights activists in this part of the West.
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The Times’ obvious attempt to paint the militia group as the bad people instead of those ‘poor migrant families’ who are breaking our laws by entering the country illegally aside, the group’s effort has been duly noted by an unappreciative Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
In a statement to the Times cited by Fox News, she said, “It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone.” She added that it is “completely unacceptable” that migrants be “menaced or threatened” upon entering the U.S.
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It should be noted that upon entering office earlier this year, Grisham ordered the couple hundred National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border by her Republican predecessor to stand down and go home — leaving...
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