A militia group is detaining migrants at the border, report says

ACLU calls for investigation of armed vigilantes detaining migrants in New Mexico

ACLU calls for investigation of armed vigilantes detaining migrants in New Mexico

Migrants were spotted walking along a highway in the Mexican town of Villa Comaltitlan on Thursday.

Jim Benvie, 43, from Minnesota, looks on near the U.S. -Mexico border wall in Anapra, New Mexico, on March 20, 2019.

In a letter to New Mexico's governor and attorney general calling for an investigation, the ACLU called the United Constitutional Patriots an "armed fascist militia organization", adding, "The Trump administration's vile racism has emboldened white nationalists and fascists to flagrantly violate the law".

Authorities say the El Paso sector, which includes part of West Texas and all of New Mexico, documented over 1,800 apprehensions on Tuesday.

"We're just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border", he said. Most of those in custody are family groups and unaccompanied minors from Central America.

US Customs and Border Protection has previously said they are opposed to civilians patrolling the border in search of illegal crossers.

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Agents detained an additional 360 near Sunland Park, New Mexico.

The checkpoints had been closed temporarily after agents were relocated to assist migrant processing to prevent drugs and illegal immigrants from crossing the border, but that apparently hasn't stopped the influx of illegals who enter the state at non-designated crossings.

U.S. CBP did not respond to a request for further comment. Chavez has two previous convictions for felony re-entry into the U.S. He also has a conviction for burglary of a vehicle in Houston, and arrests for burglary, possession of cocaine, and felony burglary, officials reported.

The girl was among a group of 39 people who illegally crossed the river into Yuma, Arizona.

They said they only encountered 13 groups of 100 people last financial year.

"These people are armed, their intentions are misguided and they certainly don't have training, much less any authority, to be conducting arrests and long-term detentions of people coming across the border", Simonson said.

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