Conditions along the southern border took a frightening turn as an armed civilian militia, the so-called United Constitutional Patriots, detained hundreds of undocumented asylum seekers to turn over to Border Patrol.
Armed civilians are kidnapping asylum seekers at gunpoint.
The militia, operating out of southern New Mexico, has currently detained over 200 asylum seekers at gunpoint.
“We’re just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border,” a spokesman for the group told the New York Times. In reality, border crossings have seen an overall decline for the last two decades.
New Mexico officials were disgusted by the civilians holding families at gunpoint under the guise of patriotism.
Hi. So, this is fascism. https://t.co/85OPjiWxV1— Maximillian Alvarez (@Maximillian Alvarez)1555637916.0
Many think the rhetoric of President Donald Trump against immigrants has created a culture of fear and ignorance that makes actions like these feel justified.
@FarinetP @viaSimonRomero @nytimes No, this is what happens when leaders recklessly promote radical views about imm… https://t.co/iNZe3R1G2G— Wyatt Childers (@Wyatt Childers)1555645494.0
@jkass99 @viaSimonRomero @nytimes And trump will praise them. And probably hire them.— Welp... (@Welp...)1555684173.0
@NancyLStudio @viaSimonRomero @nytimes These are Trump’ people. These are people who should not be allowed to own o… https://t.co/LVFeU9rmvY— Deborah, The Pandora. (@Deborah, The Pandora.)1555705677.0
The militia says it plans to continue its armed kidnappings until Trump's wall is erected at the border.