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A group of more than 300 migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico surrendered to an armed militia group in New Mexico earlier this week, according to videos posted on social media.

The United Constitutional Patriots detained the Central American asylum seekers at gunpoint Monday night before turning them over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

The militia group, made up of former police officers and military veterans, has stood guard along the southern border in Sunland Park, New Mexico, for the past two months. Jim Benvie, a spokesman for the group, told the New York Times that they plan to stay put monitoring the border until a wall is built or until lawmakers tighten immigration laws.

“We’re just here to support the Border Patrol and show the public the reality of the border,” Benvie told the newspaper.

Sunland Park sits along the southern border near the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, just west of El Paso, Texas.

A surge in immigrants trying to cross into the U.S. has pushed CBP, along with other government agencies, to its “breaking point.” Agencies don’t have the resources to handle the overwhelming number of Central Americans coming into the U.S.

“CBP is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis all along our Southwest border and nowhere has that crisis manifested more acutely than here in El Paso,” then-Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters last month. Earlier this month, McAleenan was named acting-secretary of the Department of Homeland Security following the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Benvie said the members have experience in law enforcement or the military and are simply trying to assist border officials.

“We’re just Americans. We’re veterans, we’re ex-law enforcement, we’re people that care about our national security,” Benvie told the Daily Mail. “We’re people that care about our strained Border Patrol.”

The 43-year-old compared the group’s actions to a “verbal citizen’s arrest.”

Benvie, along with three other men, were patrolling Monday night when they spotted hundreds of migrants coming toward them.

“We held them there until Border Patrol came,” he explained to the Daily Mail. “And once they came then we did what we do, and that’s to help Border Patrol get them to the processing van. So, everybody is safe.”

He described the group’s actions as a “citizen’s arrest” and claimed that Border Patrol officials have not asked the group to stop detaining border crossers.

“If these people follow our verbal commands, we hold them until Border Patrol comes,” Benvie told the NY Times. “Border Patrol has never asked us to stand down.”

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Carlos A. Diaz declined Fox News’ request for comment about the United Constitutional Patriots or the recent incident.

However, he said the federal agency “does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.”

The state’s governor told the NY Times that she considered the group’s actions “completely unacceptable,” adding that migrant families shouldn’t be “menaced or threatened in any way, shape or form” when they cross the border.

Benvie said CBP officers instructed the group to refrain from pointing their firearms at the migrants, adding that it has issued a new rule prohibiting members from patrolling with military-style weapons, according to the NY Times.

The members are still allowed to carry handguns on patrol.

Watch the video of the detained migrants that was posted on Facebook Monday night.

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  1. MAC

    April 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    NM, patriots who are fed up and the pansys who think they are in charge.

  2. Paduki

    April 20, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    This is exactly the kind of patriotic response needed at this time. To hell with anti-American responses from Democrats and other America hating persons.

  3. marsha

    April 20, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    it is time to get them back over on other side of fence, and look at children wonder how many of them have been rented out so they think they can stay. Send them back!!!

  4. RockyMtn1776

    April 20, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    OMG !! It appears a few Americans have grown a spine. Washington can’t have this. Citizens that dare fight back will be labeled terrorists and shot on sight if this gets out of hand.

  5. Joseph Kempski

    April 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Kill them all, do it enough and they will stop, or die

  6. Trump 2020

    April 21, 2019 at 12:26 am

    The good news is for the past two weeks the president of Mexico has been deporting migrants from Mexico on buses, denied work visas and tourist visa‘s, sent federal police to the south border to stop migrants, and the Mexican citizens are angry. The cities of Chiapas, Mexico City, Veracruz, and Tijuana are all passing laws denying migrants to their cities. The citizens are demanding that the president of Mexico send the national guard to the south border. They do not want migrants in Mexico! You can read the comment section of this Facebook link. They are saying things like, bring Trump to teach Mexicans how to build a wall, they want Donald Trump Junior to be president of Mexico, build the wall! They have change their mind about their president, they do not want socialism and they will have a big town hall meeting on May 13. The president of Mexico was in Veracruz two weeks ago and asked the people what to do. They demanded he deport the migrants and stop them at the border and cooperate with the USA and the Trump administration because we make Mexico prosperous and we are their friends. And many more comments. Check out this link and share. The Democrats and liberals in the USA need to know that the Mexican citizens support Trump. They are chanting, Trump is correct, it is an invasion!

  7. Big Montana

    April 21, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Thank you patriots! It is our great Minute Men taking care of business. You can’t depend on the government to 100% protect our country, patriots must step up at any cost. I think our founding father said it best when they “pledged their life, wealth and Sacred Honor” to secure our Great Nation.

  8. M

    April 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Soros and his minions the NAZI Commie liberal party and RINOs are responsible for this treasonous act against the sovereignty of the United States! It’s about time they’re are held accountable!Save the country from turning into another Commie shit hole!

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