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USFBI Arrests New Mexico Border Militia Leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins

03:10  21 april  2019
03:10  21 april  2019 Source:   thedailybeast.com

FBI arrests alleged member of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico

FBI arrests alleged member of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico "The rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes," New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

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The FBI has arrested a New Mexico man who allegedly illegally detained immigrants crossing the border under the guise of working for the United States Border Patrol.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins runs The United Constitutional Patriots (UCP), an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border.

The FBI arrested Hopkins Saturday on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Recent video footage released by UCP shows two members holding what appear to be semi-automatic rifles near immigrants, many of them children.

An armed militia was ‘detaining’ migrants at the border. The FBI arrested its leader.

An armed militia was ‘detaining’ migrants at the border. The FBI arrested its leader. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested after the United Constitutional Patriots militia posted videos of the group detaining migrants.

But while militia leaders like Hopkins claim to be prepared for armed combat at the border , others, such as Robert Crooks, who leads the Mountain Minutemen—a group founded more than a decade ago with the self-assigned mission of keeping watch of the southern border —say much of it is all talk.

The United Constitutional Patriots is a private militia group which has been operating in New Mexico . Members of the group say they’re just carrying out “citizen arrests .” But some human rights groups and law United Constitutional Patriots is headed by a man named Larry Mitchell Hopkins .

The group also peddles conspiracy theories and produces a radio show where members peddle spread information about QAnon, and accuse migrants of associating with ISIS.

Hopkins has also claimed to work with Border Patrol and that president Trump has personally asked him about ‘Muslim immigration.’

UCP is only one of several vigilante groups patrolling the southern border with guns.

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement on Hopkin's arrest Saturday, praising the FBI for arresting Hopkins.

“This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Balderas wrote in a statement. “Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”

Hopkins, is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Monday.

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Leader of militia that detained migrants ordered to remain jailed pending trial.
A U.S. magistrate judge ruled Monday that a militia leader arrested in Mexico on weapons charges must remain jailed ahead of his trial, according to CNN. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen B. Mozen ruled that "clear and convincing evidence" demonstrated "no condition ... of release will reasonably assure the safety of any other person and the community" in the case of militia leader Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who was arrested April 20 after viral footage of him joining other members of the right-wing militia group the United Constitutional Patriots in detaining migrants.

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