(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 20, 2019 Jeff Allen, Jim Benvie, Viper and Stinger share cigarettes while patrolling the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia�s actions in a letter on April 18,2019 that asked New Mexico�s governor and attorney general to investigate the group. The A.C.L.U. said the militia had no legal authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States. Jim Benvie, the spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots, said in a telephone interview with the New York Times that his group had been camped near El Paso for the past two months. Mr. Benvie contended that his group�s actions were legal, comparing the detention of the migrants to �a verbal citizen�s arrest.� (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)
Members of the Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops Team militia, Viper and Stinger who go by aliases to protect their identity, patrol the US-Mexico border in Sunland Park, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The militia members say they will patrol the US-Mexico border near Mt. Christo Rey,
A member of United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia team shows their group's patch outside their camper in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The militia members say they will patrol the US-Mexico border near Mt. Christo Rey,
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 20, 2019 United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia team member Jim Benvie, 43, from Minnesota, sits inside the team's camper before going out on patrol along the US/ Mexico border for the night in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia�s actions in a letter on April 18,2019 that asked New Mexico�s governor and attorney general to investigate the group. The A.C.L.U. said the militia had no legal authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States. Jim Benvie, the spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots, said in a telephone interview with the New York Times that his group had been camped near El Paso for the past two months. Mr. Benvie contended that his group�s actions were legal, comparing the detention of the migrants to �a verbal citizen�s arrest.� (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 20, 2019 United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia team member Jim Benvie, 43,  from Minnesota, looks on near the US-Mexico border wall in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia�s actions in a letter on April 18,2019 that asked New Mexico�s governor and attorney general to investigate the group. The A.C.L.U. said the militia had no legal authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States. Jim Benvie, the spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots, said in a telephone interview with the New York Times that his group had been camped near El Paso for the past two months. Mr. Benvie contended that his group�s actions were legal, comparing the detention of the migrants to �a verbal citizen�s arrest.� (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 20, 2019 United Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia team member Jim Benvie, 43,  from Minnesota, stands in a camper near the US-Mexico border wall in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia�s actions in a letter on April 18,2019 that asked New Mexico�s governor and attorney general to investigate the group. The A.C.L.U. said the militia had no legal authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States. Jim Benvie, the spokesman for the United Constitutional Patriots, said in a telephone interview with the New York Times that his group had been camped near El Paso for the past two months. Mr. Benvie contended that his group�s actions were legal, comparing the detention of the migrants to �a verbal citizen�s arrest.� (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)
TOPSHOT - Copies of the Consititution are seen inside the camper of the Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops militia Team in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The militia members say they will patrol the US-Mexico border near Mt. Christo Rey,
An American flag is pictured atop a sleeping bag on the bunk inside the Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops Team militia's camper on the US-Mexico border in Anapra, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The militia members say they will patrol the US-Mexico border near Mt. Christo Rey,
Jeff Allen, 56, cowowner of a property on the US-Mexico border and a member of Constitutional Patriots New Mexico Border Ops Team militia stands with his dog near the border in Sunland Park, New Mexico on March 20, 2019. - The militia members say they will patrol the US-Mexico border near Mt. Christo Rey,
United Constitutional Patriots hevder de vil patruljere grensen helt til muren mellom USA og Mexico er bygget. Foto: Paul Ratje / AFP

Bevæpnet «milits» pågriper voksne og barn på vei inn i USA

En militslignende organisasjon tar loven i egne hender på grensen mellom USA og Mexico.

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En gruppe aktivister som kaller seg United Constitutional Patriots bevæpner seg og pågriper mennesker de ser ta seg over grensen til USA, skriver New York Times.

De skryter av pågripelsene på Facebook. Torsdag la en kvinne ut en livevideo der hun filmer åtte el salvadorianere som gruppen har pågrepet.

Kvinner og barn sitter på bakken, mens kvinnen i videoen sier at hun ikke vet om hun fikk tak i alle.

– Her startet morgenen. Vi har gitt dem vann. De pustet og peste. Dette tar aldri slutt. Om og om igjen hver eneste dag, sier kvinnen i videoen før hun overlater dem til grensepatruljen som kommer.

Jim Benvie fra Minnesota er talsmann for gruppen som kaller seg United Constituional Patriots. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP)
Jim Benvie fra Minnesota er talsmann for gruppen som kaller seg United Constituional Patriots. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) Foto: Paul Ratje

Hun sier videre at de pågrep 110 mennesker dagen før.

Slått leir på grensa

Ifølge Reuters har bevæpnede sivile patruljert grenseområdene over lengre tid. Den siste tiden har gruppene imidlertid trappet opp virksomheten, ifølge New York Times.

Jim Benvie (43) er talsmann for gruppen. Han sier de har slått leir og har oppholdt seg i nærheten av El Paso de to siste månedene. Han sier de ønsker å hjelpe grensepatruljen, og at de ikke en eneste gang har blitt bortvist av grensevaktene.

– Hvis disse folkene følger våre verbale kommandoer, holder vi dem til grensevaktene kommer, sier Benvie til New York Times. Han sier ikke hva som skjer hvis immigrantene ikke adlyder de verbale kommandoene.

Krever etterforsking

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ba fredag amerikanske myndigheter om å etterforske gruppen, som de kaller en fascistisk milits.

«Vi kan ikke tillate at rasistiske og bevæpnede borgervernere kidnapper og pågriper mennesker som søker asyl», skriver de i et brev til guvernøren i New Mexico.

ACLU hevder gruppen pågrep ca. 300 mennesker i nærheten av Sunland Park, New Mexico, tirsdag.

Grensemyndighetene sier at de hverken støtter eller oppmuntrer private grupper eller organisasjon å ta loven i deres egene hender.

– Sivil inngripen kan føre til både sikkerhetsproblemer og juridiske problemer for alle involverte, skriver de i meldingen.