Vigilante border watchers are rife with psychopaths, criminals, con artists, grifters, and constant organizational dysfunction, going back at least to their origins in the early 2000s.
The revamped comic-book hero takes on masked, armed border vigilantes – and given the history of such militias, it's not a stretch.
When ATF agents arrested Kevin “K.C.” Massey III at a Brownsville-area hotel last week on charges that he had been illegally carrying weapons while leading border-militia patrols in Texas, they found more in his hotel room than just guns and ammo. There was also a container of ammonium nitrate and fuel—a potent bomb in the making.
The leader of the 'Camp LoneStar' border-watch militiamen, who was fond of bragging about detaining immigrants, was himself arrested this week -- by ATF agents, on federal weapons charges.
Border militiaman K.C. Massey III was slightly apologetic about detaining three border-crossing immigrants during one of his outfit’s vigilante patrols awhile back—handcuffing the men behind their backs with zip ties—along the Rio Grande in southern Texas.
A self-described coalition of antigovernment groups is hoping to organize yet another attempt at shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border at major commercial crossings this weekend, calling the event “Shut Down All Ports of Entry”.
Federal agents are finding that the unsought presence of vigilante "border militias" in recent weeks on the border in Texas and Arizona is making a difficult job much more complicated and possibly lethal.
A new “statewide” militia group that is attempting to organize in Arizona has been careful to portray itself to would-be recruits and law enforcement as a non-radical, mainstream organization that cooperates with local authorities. It's a sham.