Obama border patrol chief: Citizens patrolling US, Mexico border very unsafe

Clay Curtis
April 19, 2019

Horton has previously told media that UCP members are armed for self defense, as is their right under US law, and aware they can not detain people entering the United States illegally.

Various private militia groups - often espousing anti-immigrant views - have patrolled the border for years.

After the third penetration mission for the drone, agents observed a group of 10 migrants making their way across the border in the same area surveilled by the drone. Most of those in custody are family groups and unaccompanied minors from Central America. The group pushed past police guarding the bridge and joined a larger group of about 2,000 migrants who are walking toward Tapachula, the latest caravan to enter Mexico.

Mark Morgan, a career Federal Bureau of Investigation official who served as Border Patrol chief for the Obama administration, said on Friday that armed militia patrolling the U.S., Mexico border was unsafe and troubling.

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New Mexico's Otero County declared a state of emergency Wednesday and asked the governor to use the National Guard to re-open CBP checkpoints. 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. "This is the first known time in recent history that a drone has been utilized as a "look-out" in order to aid in illegal entries in the El Paso Sector", officials stated.

Before Border Patrol agents arrive to take custody of the migrants, a woman narrating the video tells a man who appears to be a militia member "don't aim the gun" in the direction of the families.

"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".

"Border Patrol and other law enforcement are overwhelmed", said Morgan.

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