An Armed Militia Detained Nearly 300 People at the U.S.-Mexico Border

(Permanent Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)

Jim Benvie, 43, from Minnesota, is a member of the United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia, which detained about 300 people near the U.S.-Mexico border. New Mexico’s attorney general, Hector Balderas, has “these individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement.”

Meanwhile, out in the country, the Era of Trump goes merrily on. From CNN:

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

Videos posted online purportedly showing migrants held by the United Constitutional Patriots group and handed over to the US Border Patrol drew swift condemnation from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico.

“We cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum,” the ACLU said in a letter to state authorities denouncing the actions and asking the government to step in. “We urge you to immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct.”

A statement on the United Constitutional Patriots’ Facebook page describes the group as “Americans that believe in the constitution and the rights of every American that will stand up for there rights in unity and help keep America safe.”

“We’re just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border,” spokesman Jim Benvie told The New York Times, noting that his group had been camped near El Paso for the past two months. Benvie’s group “plans to remain on the border until the extended wall proposed by President Trump is built or Congress changes immigration laws to make it harder for migrants to request asylum,” the Times reported.

This is purely a function of the times we’re in and of the political attitudes and ideological rot that is the modern conservatism that made someone like the current president* not only possible, but also inevitable.

A member of United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia team monitors the U.S.-Mexico border in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019.

Here’s a primer on these sad vigilante bastards. By any reasonable definition, they are armed kidnappers—which, under some interpretations of the statutes, would make them terrorists as well. They should all be in the can, and the estate of Johnny Horton should sue them for every penny they have.

Senator Professor Elizabeth Warren at a campaign rally in Queens. This week, Warren called for the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump.

On Friday, Senator Professor Warren threw a spanner into the 2020 presidential election, to say nothing of putting a number of people on the spot. From NBC News:

Warren, of Massachusetts, said her announcement was based on the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller. Warren tweeted, “The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

Somebody had to say it.

For good or ill, this question is now an issue in the presidential race, and it’s also grown teeth in Washington. For months, we’ve heard that the Democrats needed something more substantial than simply being anti-Trump. That’s certainly not a problem for Warren, whose spent the past two months rolling out one major policy proposal after another. And it forces the issue on congressional Republicans, especially the ones who have to run for re-election with what should be by all rights a millstone around their necks. It may or may not be the best thing for Warren’s campaign, but even that is something worth watching.

Lyra McKee, 29, was shot in the head in what police are treating as a “terrorist incident”, amid disturbances in Derry on Thursday evening, and died later in hospital. Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were carrying out a search operation in the Creggan area of Derry aimed at disrupting dissident republicans ahead of this weekend’s commemoration of Irish independence, when a situation developed during which more than 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers and two cars were hijacked and set on fire…

Lyra McKee was a first-class journalist who did a great job covering both…

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