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'Patriot' group records video of hundreds of migrants entering US

EL PASO, Texas - Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 300 migrants who crossed into the U.S. near Sunland Park. Another group of more than 100 migrants entered the U.S. near Paisano and Executive in West El Paso. 

The apprehension of both group was recorded by the United Constitutional Patriots, a group of veterans who set up a camp near the U.S.-Mexico border.

A message posted on the United Constitutional Patriots' page after the migrants were detained Monday night stated:  "This group was so huge we won't have an accurate count until the BP is finished processing them. This needs to stop!!!!! Build the wall."

The video of the apprehensions near West El Paso shows Border Patrol agents as they apprehend members of the group of migrants that crossed into the U.S.  Some of the migrants seen in the video are overheard coughing and asking for water. When asked why they entered the US, some of the migrants said they are seeking asylum. 

A member of the United Constitutional Patriots told ABC-7 357 migrants were detained, but the U.S. Border Patrol would not confirm the exact number.

ABC-7 spoke with members of the United Constitutional Patriots in March 2019. The group told ABC-7 its members are armed, but they are aware they are not allowed to detain, approach or engage people entering the U.S. illegally. The group said it is merely at the border to alert Border Patrol agents when undocumented immigrants cross into the U.S.

Tens of thousands of migrants from Central America, South America, the Carribean and Africa continue to enter the U.S. via to Southwest border to request asylum. 

The United Constitutional Patriots told ABC-7 they plan to have a presence in Sunland Park until President Trump builds his proposed border wall.

"This country was built on three things: God, guns and guts. That American flag has to keep flying," said United Constitutional Patriots Commander John Horton, "It's in danger, a lot of danger right now."

The U.S. Border Patrol told ABC-7 it did not request any help from any militia groups.

 


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