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Tue Aug 3, 2021, 08:27 PM

In Plain Sight: Uncovering Border Patrol's Relationship with Far-Right Militias

In Plain Sight: Uncovering Border Patrol's Relationship with Far-Right Militias at the Southern Border

Sothern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch: Antigovernment militia groups in Arizona appear to be working in tandem with some Border Patrol agents in Pima County, based on a Hatewatch review of social media.

As militias on the border have become more brazen in recent months, it appears some Border Patrol agents have turned a blind eye to their activities. Hatewatch has reviewed several videos of Border Patrol agents interacting with these border militia members, in some cases even appearing to have established friendly relationships.....

These groups have a history of engaging in conspiracy-fueled missions that aim to portray migrants as cartel members and child predators. Although VOP appears to have been around since at least 2015, they’ve veered from their initial mission of providing services to homeless veterans and have shifted their focus to intercepting migrants from Central and South America. In 2021, the current Veterans on Patrol organization appears to have very little do with veteran affairs, and according to the group’s website, their new priority is to protect “America’s children by disrupting Child traffickers along the southern Arizonan Border!”


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