A right-wing militia group has begun stopping migrant families at gunpoint in southern New Mexico and detaining them before U.S. Border Patrol agents arrive, The New York Times reported Friday.
Ok, since I believe this to be more important than just another bunch of loons on the border, let’s try this again. @moonshine I would have PMd you to try again, but your profile is hidden.
Let’s please stay on topic, follow the TOS, be civil to each other.
Why is this more than just another bunch of loons?
New Mexico, for one. Not the usual area and the sheriffs have been making a stand lately.
Why are the sheriffs important? Posse comitatus.
Citizen’s Arrest is a common law concept rooted in long time ago England. It still exists there, called “any person arrest”. Canada also has it.
In the US, it was common, especially in the west. New Mexico.
I’ve been doing some studying on militias as well. This case brings together a lot of different elements, many of which have fallen dormant in our “civilized” society. Another one is the people acting in the absence of the government doing so. Definitely the case with illegal immigration.
Add in the ever growing increase in numbers due mostly to the thriving economy, their getting assistance in manipulating the laws, the obvious inflammatory nature of the press on all sides of the issue and other factors I’m sure you will name and we have what I believe to be a storm brewing. Not to mention the rhetoric by pols whoring for votes.