For this they are labeled as anti-government and “hate groups”.
In spite of the efforts of U.S. Border Patrol, the 2,000 miles of southern border between US and Mexico is a continual gateway for drugs and illegal aliens, bringing in over a million pounds of illegal drugs and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants every year.
North Carolina News (WNCN) reports that many citizens from North Carolina are volunteering their time to join citizen militia groups who are assisting to fill in the gaps guarding the nation’s southern border. They are well-organized and well-armed, but they have no authority at all to detain or arrest anyone. All they can do is be a presence on the border, warn the illegals to “go back” and call Border Patrol if they see someone.
Groups such as “3% United Patriots” and “Oathkeepers” organize the militias, rallying support and funding online. One concerned citizen who went to help is “Doc” from North Carolina, who drove more than 2,200 miles to do what he could. “We’re not on an assault force,” Doc said. “We’re not here to arrest anybody, we’re here to observe and report.”
Pro-immigrant activists and organizations call the citizen border volunteers hate groups, or anti-government. WNCN reports that the 3% United Patriots are on the list of 20 groups in North Carolina who the Southern Poverty Law Center consider anti-government.
Kate Woomer-Deters, an attorney with the NC Justice Center, said, “That’s the federal government and the state government’s responsibility to enforce those laws. From the little I understand from this particular group they are considered to be a hate group.”
Doc says it’s not hate, or racism – they are just filling gaps the Border Patrol can’t fill, and acting as an extra set of eyes protecting the border. “I’ve always hated illicit drugs, I mean it’s something; I’ve lost friends and family to drugs,” Doc said. “It’s a problem in our country and these guys are jumping the fence bringing drugs.”
Woomer-Deters argues for a more “humane’ process to let illegals into the country. “What we think is called for at the border is a humane process for immigrants who come across, often times fleeing terrible tragedy and violence in central America, are offered due process, a chance to see a judge,” she argued.
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