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Armed Militia Leader Detaining Migrants Arrested by FBI

On Saturday, the FBI arrested the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, an armed militia that illegally hunts and detains hundreds of undocumented migrants seeking asylum at the border. Larry Mitchel Hopkins, the leader of the militia, was arrested in New Mexico on charges of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. New Mexico’s Attorney General Hector Balderas released a statement following the arrest that Hopkins is “a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families. Today’s arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.” The group has recently started filming and posting videos of migrants that the group illegally detained. In one video posted on April 16th, a woman filmed a group of illegally detained migrants that included several children and the video depicts people huddled together on the ground. Border Patrol then appears in the video and orders the migrants to walk. The ACLU encouraged New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Balderas to investigate the militia after the videos surfaced online. In a letter to the governor and attorney general, the ACLU wrote that […]

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