Saturday, July 17, 2010

Locked & Loaded Neo-Nazis Patrolling the Border Holding Latinos Like Animals in the Desert and Arizona says it is OK

PTN Reports: Arizona neo-Nazis J.T. Ready and Harry Hughes have apparently been busy to judge by a recent item on Hughes' blog "Just Another Day... " There, he's posted photos of Ready, himself and others wearing camouflage and toting high-powered firearms as they watch over 11 illegal aliens that Hughes claims the group encountered Wednesday.

Hughes states that they came across the migrants while on an "illegal alien/drug smuggler patrol in the Sonoran Desert National Monument." He writes that his group encountered the men sitting under a water tank in "an abandoned cattle watering area," and that the migrants "quickly gave themselves up" to the neo-Nazis.

According to his blog, Hughes and the others gave the migrants water and notified the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Border Patrol, which took custody of the men. There is a photo of a Border Patrol agent searching a migrant on Hughes' site. Tim Gaffney, a spokesman for PCSO, told me that the sheriff's office received a call from J.T. Ready on Wednesday. Patrol deputies were dispatched, but Border Patrol arrived at the scene first and handled the situation.

Characteristically, Border Patrol was not able to confirm that it responded to the call. I asked Border Patrol spokeswoman Colleen Agle if her agency had any qualms about having migrants turned over to it by known neo-Nazis. "We take all citizens' calls seriously," she replied. "Whether it's a group of citizens or an individual, we're going to go check it out." This is the second time a J.T. Ready-led patrol has encountered migrants in the desert. In June, he staged a patrol of the Vekol Valley, encountering at least one live migrant and one dead body.

Should we be concerned about hate groups roaming the desert on "illegal alien" patrols? I think so. At the very least, the authorities should be monitoring the activities of Ready and his SS-wannabes.

1 comment:

The Arizonian said...

Would you be concerned if non-racist citizens were doing armed patrols for drug smugglers and unauthorized immigrants?

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