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Armed Militia Group Is Detaining Migrants at Border, Videos Show

Armed Militia Group Is Detaining Migrants at Border, Videos Show

Asked about the United Constitutional Patriots and the videos the group has posted online, a US Customs and Border Protection spokesman declined to comment on the group itself or the social media posts, but said the agency "does not endorse or condone private groups or organizations taking enforcement measures into their own hands".

But it's rare to see video of an armed group detaining migrants on the United States side of the border.

A member of an armed rightwing militia group accused of illegally detaining migrants at the US-Mexico border has been arrested, officials said on Saturday.

The New Mexico American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is describing a far-right group as "armed fascist militia organization", that, according to the Guardian, detained a group of migrants at the U.S./Mexico border and coordinated with U.S. Border Patrol agents to have them arrested.

The small volunteer group says it is helping the Border Patrol deal with a surge in undocumented migrants at the southern border. Footage of what they call "citizen's arrests" -and what critics denounce as simple "kidnapping"- showed a big crowd, including women and children kneeling on the ground waiting for government officers to pick them up.

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On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico condemned the United Constitutional Patriots, which patrols the southern US border in New Mexico, as a "fascist militia organization" operating outside the law.

AsBuzzfeedreported, the United Constitutional Patriots militia has "expressed support for President Trump and his effort to build a border wall".

There have also been concerns that the men, who wear military-style clothes, could be misrepresenting themselves as border patrol agents.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Hopkins was a member of the group that had stopped migrants.

"If these people follow our verbal commands, we hold them until Border Patrol comes", Mr Benvie said, describing the interaction as a "citizen's arrest". "We're hoping those involved will be brought to justice".