Chief Of Militia Defending Border, Capturing Unlawful Immigrants, Arrested


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The FBI on Saturday stated it had arrested Larry Hopkins, a member of an armed group of U.S. residents who’ve been stopping migrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.

Hopkins, 69, often known as Johnny Horton, was arrested in Sunland Park, New Mexico, on a federal criticism charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated in a press release.

Hopkins had represented himself because the commander of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), a volunteer group camped out close to Sunland Park since late February. The UCP has posted movies exhibiting their members holding migrants, lots of them Central American households with kids looking for asylum, till U.S. Border Patrol arrives to arrest them.

The group drew a criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, and widespread media consideration, after an April 16 video confirmed a bunch of round 300 migrants surrendering to the UCP at their camp.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday stated residents had no authority to arrest or detain anybody and police and justice officers have been trying into the UCP’s actions.

Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s lawyer common, described Hopkins as “a harmful felon who shouldn’t have weapons round kids and households.”

“At this time’s arrest by the FBI signifies clearly that the rule of legislation must be within the fingers of educated legislation enforcement officers, not armed vigilantes,” Balderas stated in a press release.

Hopkins, of Flora Vista, New Mexico, is anticipated to have an preliminary look in U.S. District Court docket in Las Cruces, N.M., on Monday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. (1230 ET), the FBI stated.

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Reuters contributed to this report.

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