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Two other men from El Salvador were also arrested, including a gang member and a convicted child sex offender.

"These individuals should not attempt to exercise authority reserved for law enforcement", New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in response to reports that members of the United Constitutional Patriots militia - which claims to be made up of ex-cops and veterans - had captured a massive group of illegal immigrants after they entered the U.S. through a fence near the town of Sunland, New Mexico earlier this week. "We urge you to immediately investigate this atrocious and unlawful conduct".

Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas where they are processed on July 15, 2014 in McAllen, Texas.

A group of more than 230 immigrants were detained at the Antelope Wells port of entry in remote New Mexico, before another group of 130 were apprehended there later in the day.

"My office has been informed that this week, an armed group has detained almost 300 people near Sunland Park, New Mexico", Attorney General Hector Balderas wrote in a statement.

A child looks through the border wall during the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Calexico, California, as seen in Mexicali, Mexico April 5, 2019.

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After the third penetration mission for the drone, agents observed a group of 10 migrants making their way across the border in the same area surveilled by the drone.

Lujan Grisham said in a statement that it was "completely unacceptable" that migrants "might be menaced or threatened" at the border, according to The New York Times.

"If these people follow our verbal commands, we hold them until Border Patrol comes", Benvie said. The lengthy clip, which was streamed live over Facebook, shows the Border Patrol arrive and walk the massive group through the desert.

Officials released night surveillance footage showing one large group making their way over the U.S. -Mexico border.

"Interference by civilians in law enforcement matters could have public safety and legal consequences for all parties involved", the spokesman said in a written statement, referring those who suspect illegal activity to call 911 or contact the agency directly.

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