The United Constitutional Patriots, a New Mexico militia, has taken border security measures into their own hands.
According to the New York Times, this militia group stopped migrants who illegally entered the country and turned them over to Border Patrol agents.
The UCP has operated along the southern border for some time in efforts to contain the flood of illegal immigrants crossing the border.
This week alone, KVIA reports that the group caught 350 migrants who crossed the border in West El Paso, Texas.
UCP Commander John Horton told KVIA that “This country was built on three things: God, guns and guts. That American flag has to keep flying.”
Horton added, “It’s in danger, a lot of danger right now.”
Naturally, the American Civil Liberties Union denounced the group in a letter sent out to the New Mexico Governor and and Attorney General’s office requesting for an investigation of the militia group.
In the ACLU’s view, the group has no legal authority to detain or arrest migrants under New Mexico or federal law.
ACLU lawyers María Martínez Sánchez and Kirsten Greer Love instantly played the race card saying that “We cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum.”
This par for the course for the ACLU, who recently warned immigrants and people of color about traveling to Florida because of its allegedly “racist” immigration laws.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas commented on the UCP’s activities, stating that “These individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham echoed Balderas’s sentiments saying that it was “completely unacceptable” that migrants “might be menaced or threatened in any way, shape or form when they arrive at our border.”
The governor added,”It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone.”
ZeroHedge reports that Jim Benvie, the spokesman for the UPC, fired back against these claims. Benvie told the Times over the phone that the militia’s actions were comparable to a “verbal citizen’s arrest.”
Benvie said, “We’re just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border.”
The militia spokesman added that the UCP “plans to remain on the border until President Trump’s proposed border wall is built, or Congress changes immigration laws so that it’s harder for migrants to request asylum.”
Although Trump has been able to secure $1 billion in wall funding, his hands have been tied because of a divided Congress.
So there’s very little chance that other meaningful immigrations reforms will be passed until after 2020.
In the meantime, groups like the UCP will likely continue their activities in the absence of a serious government plan to stem the flow of mass migration.
Mass migration in the West is putting tremendous social pressure on countries. Nationalist movements have sprouted all over in response to the unprecedented flow of migrants entering European countries and America.
Immigration looks to be a major issue in the 2020 elections, with GOP voters declaring that it’s their #1 issue.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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