FBI ARRESTS leader of militia that apprehended illegals at border!

So it turns out that one of the leaders of The United Constitutional Patriots is a felon and as such, was not allowed to wield guns, as he did when he apprehended illegals at the border.

So they’ve arrested him:

Not smart:

A man who reportedly leads a right-wing militia group that was seen on a viral video this week detaining migrants in New Mexico while heavily armed has been arrested for illegal possession of a firearm following a previous felony conviction.

The FBI’s field office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, released a statement Saturday confirming the arrest of Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, N.M. on a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Hopkins’ court date is scheduled for Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., according to the FBI’s statement.

“Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, N.M., was arrested today on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The FBI arrested Hopkins in Sunland Park, N.M., with the assistance of the Sunland Park Police Department,” read the FBI’s statement.

No additional information on Hopkins’s involvement with the militia group was released Saturday by the FBI, but New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) asserted in a statement that Hopkins was one of dozens of militia group members seen on video this week confronting hundreds of minors close to the U.S.-Mexico border.



A news video:

And they’re not happy about it:

They’ve also been deplatformed:

And ICE says they don’t support such efforts:

In a statement, US Customs and Border Protection said the agency does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands.

“Interference by civilians in law enforcement matters could have public safety and legal consequences for all parties involved,” a CBP official said. “Border Security operations are complex and require highly trained professionals with adequate resources to protect the country.”

If you’re gonna go impersonate a law enforcement officer and kidnap illegals, it’s probably best to make sure you’re not a felon in possession of a fun illegally. Just a protip for better living.

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US Customs and Border Protection said the agency does not endorse private groups or organizations taking enforcement matters into their own hands. Nor should they. Look I get that people like what these guys are doing (It’s all Ends Justify Means progressivism in Trumpville!) – but what they’re doing is wrong. We’re going to get a little meta in American philosophy here, so you’d better sit down. OK, so why do we have a police force at all, and why is it called a police force? Well, in America, it’s all about the individual and individual rights. Life, liberty, property and the freedom to do pretty much whatever you want so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. When such a thing happens, we have empowered a police force to capture and detain the offender under color of law – both for the infraction against the… Read more »

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Article the fourth… A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. What are you going to do when the s$&t hits the fan in your neighborhood like it has on our border? Call the police? The corrupt EffBeeEye? Good luck with that. These militia members have been operating on the border for a long time. They merely detain non-citizens that get past the BP and have the BP pick them up. Obviously our cops, BP, and Army have not… Read more »

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So, basically, you understood absolutely nothing I said.

The Second Amendment does not grant you the power to appoint yourself sheriff and start taking the law into your own hands. If you think it does, then you’re an idiot. The fact that our forces now are failing at their job does not give you the authority to usurp their role and do it on your own. That’s a simple fact.

What these people are doing is wrong. We’re not in a live version of Red Dawn here, so stop hyperventilating, take a pill, and relax.

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Holy Week aside, this is what America has devolved into under this corrupt administration. I can only hope that those who cheered these actions will think long and hard before cheering.

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Really, Soop? Kidnapping illegals? Impersonating officers? Give me a break. They never said they were officers. As for your kid napping charge, what about the fact that they turned the illegals over to ICE did you not understand? The leader received a felony arrest for impersonating a police officer, in 1986. That felony conviction prohibits him from owning or carrying firearms. That was his mistake and he should have known better. His creating a militia to defend our border was not a mistake. In fact it is his Constitutional right to defend our border. The militia was not acting outside of the law. They said they were assisting the border patrol and ICE. I can understand ICE’s position, but these are not the untrained citizens that they are being portrayed to be. This group consists of former military and police so they are eminently as qualified as any ICE agent… Read more »

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No, it was a mistake. This is a job for ICE, not just random guys, even if they do happen to have the proper training. Kidnapping illegals is an appropriate way to describe this, because they don’t have the authority to take them. Sorry!

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

Should have been better “well regulated”. Our local militia has an extensive background check system and lengthy interview process. No felons. No idiots. No racists.

The militia is a very important, even integral, part of US history and republican culture. Without an armed, organized citizenry the republic cannot stand.

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Oh, and they “felony” was an arrest in 1986 for impersonating a police officer.

Real, real dangerous fella they caught there.

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I don’t like it. I would like to know the nature of this 69 year old man’s weapons violations along with the context. This appears to be a convenient excuse to “get him”. What a coincidence! Let’s discourage every normal citizen from helping stop the invasion from the south. Nice job asshats!

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What about the Chicago based “People Without Borders” (“Pueblo Sin Fronteras”) group, among others, that has been actively supporting the caravans coming from Central America with the intent of overwhelming our borders with false asylum claims?

While I don’t support outside-the-law “frontier justice” – and I’m not saying that’s what this New Mexico “militia” is – it seems the authorities came down awfully hard and fast on them. But the Sanctuary groups have been getting a pass for YEARS.

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Well now, that’s just SAD when American citizens have to rely on felons to do the job our government WON’T do.

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1st,they weren’t impersonating law enforcement officers,they were detaining illegals which every CITIZEN of the United States has the right to do! It’s called citizens arrest! 2nd,they weren’t “kidnapping” them,they were apprehending them and turning them over to the border patrol! The Border patrol is seriously understaffed for the job after all and needs the help! You were doing quite well then turned hard left into completely stupid!

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He should never have gone full retard.

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How can they be “interfering with law enforcement matters” if the whole reason they are there is because of the lack of law enforcement?

The reason these groups exist and are on the border is because politicians like NM AG Balderas, NM Gov Grisham, and the federal government refuse to do their job of protecting citizens and defending the border.

To be clear, these aren’t the decisions of ICE, CBP, or individual LEOs — politicians allocate funding, resources, and authorize manning, and that is where responsibility lies for failing to address the first priority of government: security.

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If he is a felon, he ought to know better than to wield arms illegally. And I’m not surprised there’s been a lot of pressure on this group – including erroneously calling them “radical” or “right-wing”. That being said, I still applaud these private citizens for doing what our government has so miserably failed to do – keep the invaders out (or apprehended).

I salute these brave, honorable people.

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Not a good look for this poor chap. Did they look for the worst picture they could find? That being said I have little problem with rounding up these invaders.

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Making a citizens arrest until law enforcement arrives is not illegal or wrong, nor is it kidnapping.

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Let this be a lesson to other militia groups out there. Dumb is, as dumb does. @@

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I missed the part where anyone impersonated any LEO. Did these guys show up in cop uniforms with fake badges? If they did, they should have been arrested.

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The militias up here, with me, actually do background checks on applicants. You cannot be a felon, and you cannot even be tangentially involved, or associated, in any way, with a hate group. Maybe they didn’t have the same standards, or maybe they did, but he exempted himself. Or, maybe he was mentally ill. In any event, I’m still not happy about CBP telling citizens what kinds of weapons they can, or can’t, carry, and the fact that the militias had to be out there doing the job that we pay the DHS to do. If he’s a felon, no, he shouldn’t have had that weapon. However, he shouldn’t have had to involve himself in border defense, either, if we’d’ve had a government that was serious about it.

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“A man who reportedly leads a right-wing militia group…”
Why are these radical nutjobs referred to as RIGHT WING??

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pyboppybop To paint conservatives in a bad light. But you knew that.

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pyboppybop I wasn’t aware that you spoke Inuit.

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It’s a perverse reverse derivative of aleut

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Thanks for the clarification.

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ikuk=i know u know
You’re on your own after that translation guide.

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“And ICE says they don’t support such efforts:”
This may be a legal CYA because there is another group that I know of called “Oath Keepers” that go to the southern border to assist the Border Patrol and are welcomed for their help.

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So, when concerned Americans get involved in stemming the flow of these illegal aliens, the full force of the law will be brought down on them.

But actual, criminal illegal aliens, you know, the ones violating our immigration law and threatening the very sovereignty of this nation? Nope! We allow them in, hold them for a few days under the auspices of a “court date” then release these criminals into the general population where we don’t know what they are capable of.

Sickening.

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Solely2PostSolely2Post clapping clapping clapping clapping clapping

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Summed it up nicely Solely2PostSolely2Post ! thumbsup

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citizen’s arrests are now kidnapping?

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Try to keep up, Avatarbob434 unamused

Texas Chris
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Bruce Jenner is “Woman Of The Year” so yeah…

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Man if only our government were as diligent in arresting illegal aliens.

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If you embarrass the government for doing jobs that they won’t, they will come for you.

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So did they catch and release Hopkins and hope he shows up for court. My guess is no! They will bring the full weight of the government down onto mr Hopkins Those illegals will be released as usual to scurry off like cockroaches

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Not only that Trapper, but if they make their way to Dallas, according to the district attorney they can steal from law abiding people up to $750 with no consequences. Our country is in deep trouble.

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He’ll have a bail hearing tomorrow. Don’t know enough about him or this case to know whether he’s likely to get bailed or remanded.

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I’m sure he has kids so they can’t separate him from his kids can they???

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Comment of the day.

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The First thing the FBI did was announce he was arrested for a Felon being arrested for possessing Firearms Wonder why they did not announce the Felony he was previously arrested for.Maybe the only felony he committed was being a supporter of the President.Maybe the FBI is still upset about their Coup that was interrupted.I wonder how many of our own FBI are not qualified to carry weapons..Just wondering.

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That’s a sad, but very fair question given the events of the last few years, Avatarbigsir74

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Thanks Hidyho.Ever since Obama was elected I suspected our federal law enforcement would
be affected.Obama came to Washington from Chicago and brought in Rahm Emanual and the rest of the Boys .Then we started seeing the likes of Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch clamping down on the Justice system.Then Obama forced many of our top Military to retire and replaced them with less experienced a more liberal command staff Thanks Hidyho,sorry for the Delay.Was at the Cemetery visiting a very special person.

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I hope you had a very special Easter, Avatarbigsir74 praying

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One way or another this invasion is not going to stop.

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Well, you see, $$$ are at the bottom of this, so yes, you are correct.

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