The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, the reported leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, for alleged illegal firearms possession charges. We previously wrote about their takedown of around 300 illegal immigrants near the New Mexico border.
Nearly every single media called the actions of the militia “illegal.” But note that the charges against Hopkins were carefully crafted to not mention the illegals or the detention. Hopkins was also known as Johnny Horton, Jr, and allegedly has a previous conviction for impersonating an officer and a firearms possession charge.
According to the Guardian,
Hopkins’ role in the group was unclear, and it was also not clear if he was facing any charges directly related to the videos of the men stopping migrants. The New Mexico attorney general’s office described Hopkins as a “dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families” and labeled him an “armed individual detaining migrants at the border”.
An FBI statement on the arrest did not mention the militia group or the detention of migrants, but noted that Hopkins has also gone by the name Johnny Horton Jr and that he was due to appear in court on Monday.
Plenty of people responded to the news, many of them not happy.
Article IV section 4 , guaranteed protection from invasion.. United States government has failed its constitutional duty and that is a false arrest a fraudulent charge.. those people do not seek asylum they seek a job.— Danny Mootispaw (@MootispawDanny) April 20, 2019
The FBI should be there arresting illegal aliens crossing into the US.— TruthCop (@Truthcop) April 20, 2019
Government refuses to protect its people at the boarder. People do it themselves. Government arrests its own people. This. Is. UNACCEPTABLE— Patriot Tony?? (@tony_patriot) April 20, 2019
— Daniel Vertuno ✝️ (@DanielVertuno) April 20, 2019
Citizens protecting the border and they are arrested— Sue Eng (@sue_eng) April 20, 2019
Because the left went ballistic over the “armed vigilantes” daring to detain illegal migrants, not only did the FBI arrest their leader, but PayPal and GoFundMe have shut the patriots group down from any fundraising, according to The Gateway Pundit. New Mexico Governor LuJuan Grisham and the ACLU demanded an investigation. Apparently they easily got one.
Whether or not the militia group is “xenophobic” or “racist” is unknown, since leftists throw those words around all the time without evidence or logical purpose. If Mr. Hopkins is a felon, then he is not allowed to possess firearms, and should not have been there. But as far as the detention itself… that’s not illegal in spite of the temper tantrums being thrown by liberals.
Featured photo: Screenshot from militia video