Armed militia member accused of arresting migrants arrested in New Mexico
New Mexico government rips civilian militia over arrest of 200 migrants near border
An armed right-wing militia group calling itself United Patriots posted videos on social media, including about 200 asylum-seeking migrants at gunpoint near Sunland Park, NM, until agents of the US Border Guard arrived. A spokesperson for Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement that Border Patrol "does not endorse private groups or organizations that take enforcement matters into their own hands."
The Mexican border at gunpoint was arrested on Saturday on charges of possession of firearms by a criminal.
The 69-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins was arrested in the border town of Sunland Park with the help of local authorities statement. Hopkins was a member of the group that held migrants in the area, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a separate statement.
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Who should not have weapons near children and families. Today's arrest by the FBI clearly states that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials rather than armed civic militia, "said Balderas Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, The authorities were accused on Saturday of a lawsuit in which he is accused was to be a criminal who is in possession of firearms and ammunition. "/>
The 69-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins was arrested on Saturday for a criminal complaint in which he was accused of being a criminal offender in possession of firearms To be ammunition, the authorities said.
(Dona Ana County Detention Center)
The militia group, which calls itself United Patriots, released several social media videos earlier this week, showing armed civilians arresting large groups of Central American families in New Mexico. The New York Times reported that the group gunned about 200 asylum seekers at gunpoint until agents from the US Border Guard arrived.
The group's goal is to monitor the border until President Trump fulfills his election promise of a border wall Until Congress passes a stricter legislation to make migrants more likely to seek asylum, spokesman Jim Benvie said Thursday in a telephone interview with the Times.
Benvie said in a video that the members of the group supported a "stressed and overburdened Border Patrol" and said the group was legally equipped for self-defense and never wielding migrants, and the videos they posted did not show them with drawn firearms.
Customs and Border Protection said on Twitter that "private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands are not endorsed or tolerated." Interventions by civilians in law enforcement matters could be public safety and legal Have consequences for all involved. "
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Especially when a large number of migrants arrive, they have been at the border for years, yet unlike In earlier times, many of the migrants are now children. Last month, families and unaccompanied children accounted for 86 percent of the arrests in the El Paso sector.
Little information about Hopkins's background has been published. The FBI said he came from Flora Vista, a rural community in northern New Mexico and about 353 miles north of Sunland Park, a suburb of El Paso, Texas, the Times and other media have named Hopkins as the leader of the group.
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. FBI spokesman Frank Fisher told The Associated Press that after Hopkins no further information will be released before federal court on Monday.
Hopkins was taken to the detention center of the Dona Ana district in Las Cruces.
Fox News's Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.