Armed vigilante group reportedly detains migrants in Sunland Park

Immigration

An armed group reportedly detaining migrants in the Borderland may be breaking the law, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

According to the ACLU, the organization is investigating a video of a vigilante group detaining migrants in Sunland Park. 

Members of the armed vigilante group, “United Constitutional Patriots”, posted the video which shows about 300 asylum seekers detained.

The ACLU’s concern is that the group is not composed of law enforcement officers and therefore does not have the authority under federal law to arrest migrants.

A New Mexico representative of the organization says it could even be considered kidnapping.

“We do not want untrained agents to go to the border with no oversight or accountability to handle asylum seekers for legally trying to seek safety in the U.S,” Stephanie Corte told KTSM.

Corte says from what they were able to gather of their investigation, the group detained the migrants and called CBP. 

However, they have not been able to get in contact with those migrants.

KTSM reached out to several members of the group for comment, but have yet to hear back.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas did release the following statement:

“My office has been informed that this week, an armed group has detained nearly 300 people near Sunland Park, New Mexico,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “These individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”

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