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Armed Citizens Patrolling US-Mexico Border (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A group of armed men and women recently set up camp near Nogales, Arizona, to patrol the US-Mexico border, even though they don't have any legal authority (video below).

The volunteers, dressed in military fatigues, come from across the country to patrol the border, but their leader tells them that they cannot legally detain anyone.

"Our government doesn’t have a handle on what's coming through our borders," a man called Doc, who came all the way from North Carolina, told WNCN.

"We're not on an assault force, we're not here to arrest anybody, we're here to observe and report," Doc insisted.

The volunteers patrol day and night; one man was heard using a racist term: "I found me a beaner."

"My forefathers came nine generations ago from Germany and settled into North Carolina," Doc added. "I mean we were all immigrants at one time. We just want it done legally."

"That's the federal government's and the state government's responsibility [to enforce those laws]," Kate Woomer-Deters, a lawyer with the North Carolina Justice Center, countered.

"From the little I know about this particular group, they are considered to be a hate group."

"It's not about race, it's not about racism," Doc stated. "It's about we have a problem in our country. We don't know what's coming in our borders."

"They are conducting sort of armed patrols without permission, without government oversight," Woomer-Deters said. "To add more chaos to that mix, I don't think it helps the immigration situation."

"They've said, 'You go to the border to shoot Mexicans.' I've never fired a weapon in the state of Arizona," Doc stated. "I carry a weapon because down here there are bad people, unscrupulous people that do bad things to good people and I carry that for self-protection."

The group didn't find any undocumented immigrants, but did discover some pot that had been dropped off; the group called the Border Patrol to pick it up.

"I've always hated illicit drugs, I mean it's something; I've lost friends and family to drugs," Doc told the news station. "It's a problem in our country and these guys are jumping the fence, they're bringing drugs."

However, Americans willingly choose to buy, resell and use drugs that are brought in from other countries.

"What we think is called for at the border is a humane process where immigrants who come across, often times fleeing terrible tragedy and violence in Central America, are offered due process," Woomer-Deters said.

Doc said that his group wants a "constitutional government," but Woomer-Deters said this type of group falls "in a long line of anti-immigrant, xenophobic groups that have been around for a century opposing all kinds of waves of immigrants that have come into this country."

There has been a surge of undocumented families and unaccompanied kids coming over the border in 2016, according to numbers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Hill notes that during the first six months of the CPB's fiscal 2016 (ending on March 31), 27,754 unaccompanied children were apprehended by the Border Patrol.

According to the CPB, that number is a 78 percent jump from the 15,616 stops in 2015 during the same period of time, but short of the 28,579 kids who were caught in 2014.

Sources: WNCN, The Hill / Photo Credit: WNCN/YouTube 

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