The militia group that Sunland Park and Railroad Police kicked off a property told KTSM it already has a new space picked out.
The armed civilian group, “United Constitutional Patriots”, said they will not leave until a wall is built and the area along the U-S. Mexico border is safe.
The group first arrived in Sunland Park in February.
Since the arrival of the armed group, one member, Jim Benvie, said the group has been stopping people crossing the border until border patrols agents arrive.
They’ve documented some of the encounters on video, some of which became viral.
On Tuesday, Sunland Park Police and Railroad Police told the group to leave after Union Pacific Railroad posted no tresspassing signs.
Benvie said while many want them gone, others want them to stay.
“They are like, ‘Don’t quit.’ I hear it from the agents everyday…A lot of people in El Paso hate our guts. You know what, we’re here. You guys know what’s going on. You’re telling the story. Even if they are talking negatively about you don’t leave, don’t quit, don’t pack and you know we’re not gonna, we’re not gonna,” Benvie said.
He told KTSM they are setting up a new site on a different private property in Sunland Park where the landowner has given them permission to set up.
On Thursday, El Paso Congresswoman Veronica Escobar joined other lawmakers calling for the FBI to immediately launch an investigation.
Armed militias are not only engaging in unlawful conduct, they are stripping migrants from their due process and dignity.
and I are calling the FBI to immediately launch an investigation. https://t.co/UMLbijlwFE — Rep. Veronica Escobar (@RepEscobar) April 24, 2019