UPDATE: Per WTSP ,A New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested Saturday in a border community on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, authorities said.
The FBI said in a statement it arrested 69-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins in Sunland Park with the assistance of local police. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a separate statement that Hopkins was a member of the group that had stopped migrants.
Earlier in the day, the militia group known as the United Constitutional Patriots had been banned from crowdfunding platforms PayPal and GoFundMe, following a viral confrontation with migrants attempting to illegally enter the US.
Spokespersons for both the United Constitutional Patriots group, as well as PayPal, confirmed the decision in an interview, with GoFundMe having not yet released a statement.
“They killed us,” group leader Mark Cheney said of the decision. “I have to find some other way for people to donate.”
The groups viral encounter with the illegal aliens drew outrage from various left-wing activist groups, who have pressed Democrat lawmakers to investigate.
From The Hill:
PayPal and GoFundMe announced Friday that they will no longer allow an armed militia group that was seen on social media video confronting migrants at the border to raise funds on their platforms.
A PayPal spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in a statement that the United Constitutional Patriots had been banned from their platform following viral video of the group rounding up nearly 200 migrants who had recently crossed the border near Sunland Park, N.M., and were attempting to seek asylum.
“The account associated with United Constitutional Patriots has been closed due to a violation of our Acceptable Use Policy,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”
The leader of the militia, Mark Cheney, separately confirmed to BuzzFeed that GoFundMe had also frozen the group’s accounts.
“They killed us,” Cheney told the outlet. “I have to find some other way for people to donate.”
A spokesperson for GoFundMe did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Saturday.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has written to leaders in New Mexico calling on them to take action to prevent the militia from threatening migrant families.
“We cannot allow racist and armed vigilantes to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum,” ACLU attorneys wrote to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D).
Lujan Grisham responded Friday, saying that it was “completely unacceptable that migrant families “might be menaced or threatened in any way, shape or form when they arrive at our border.”
“It should go without saying that regular citizens have no authority to arrest or detain anyone,” she added in a statement.