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.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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