Camp LoneStar is a border militia made up of citizens, not law enforcement, who have written about and posted videos of themselves detaining and harassing immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The militia group posted a video (below) on Facebook of immigrants being detained and wrote:
3 detained this evening, 2 OTM (Other Than Mexican) 1 Honduran, 1 Guatemalan, 1 Mexican. 2 males 1 female. Approx 11 illegals were attempting to cross and were already through the river, and on U.S. soil. They were detained, ziptied, debriefed, and given water. BP was contacted and they were processed.
WE DO NOT AIM TO DETAIN, we would much rather send them back into the river into Mexico and dissuade them and the cartel from crossing on the property we patrol. All encounters were conducted in a humanitarian, professional fashion. Stay vigilant. Thank you for your support.
“Sorry we had to ‘Detain’ them,” militia commander K.C. Massey III wrote in a Facebook comment. “But they were wore out and just fell down and gave up while the other 7-8 ran like gazelles!”
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that Camp LoneStar refers to its members as "patriots" and is heavily armed when hunting for immigrants.
Camp LoneStar sits on the property of a Brownsville, Tx., rancher named Cuban “Rusty” Monsees, but the militiamen don't want the word getting out.
“We don’t want cartel operatives knowing about our operation,” Massey told the Texas Observer. “Let’s just say if there were 10 of us, then the cartel would send 20 hit men to take us out.”
A former "patriot" Rob Chupp told the Southern Poverty Law Center that he left Camp LoneStar after a Border Patrol agent fired his gun at a militia man, who turned out to be a convicted felon.
“After the whole shooting thing, we figured out that some of them were felons,” said Chupp. “We asked several of the guys to leave that we found out were felons. Because yeah, we have a Second Amendment to protect your right to bear arms, but we are also a nation of laws, and there’s a reason we don’t let felons own guns."
"And it came to be a problem, and it was loud, and ‘We don’t care what the gun laws are,’ and ‘If we want to have this weapon even if it’s illegal, we’re gonna have it.’ It just turned south, and we pulled out,” added Chupp.