New Mexico county declares state of emergency over influx of migrants

New Mexico county declares state of emergency over influx of migrants

"It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone", Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said, according to the Times.

The organization said the group that calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots detained almost 300 people on Tuesday near Sunland Park, New Mexico, who were seeking safety in the United States.

"This has no place in our state: we can not allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum".

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas warned in a statement that "these individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement". Their tactics, however, triggered a massive backlash as they were seen chasing down suspected illegals and holding them at gunpoint before surrendering them to USA authorities.

A general view shows a newly built section of the U.S. -Mexico border fence at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in this picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S. -Mexico border April 10, 2019. "We are actively working with the AG's Office, state police and local police to determine what has gone on and what can and will be done", said Tripp Stelnicki, a spokesman for the governor.

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"If migrant families are made to feel threatened, that's completely unacceptable", she said.

On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for an investigation into the pro-Trump, anti-immigrant men who have been patrolling the border and calling themselves the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP).

An 8-year-old Guatemalan national in the custody of the Yuma Sector Border Patrol was diagnosed with measles on Wednesday, but officials later corrected the diagnosis to strep throat. "Border Security operations are complex and require highly trained professionals with adequate resources to protect the country".

The southern border has been the scene of a massive influx of illegal border crossings in the past few months, with the CBP indicating that the situation has reached a "breaking point".

"We concede that these groups have a freedom to associate, to assemble, freedom to speech and our state gun laws do give them ability to carry weapons", Simonson said.