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A Minnesota man who serves as a spokesman for an armed militia that patrols the U.S.-mexico border, was charged on Wednesday for allegedly impersonating a U.S. government official.
James “Jim” Benvie, 44, has been a spokesperson for the “Guardian of the Patriots,” a group of citizens who patrol the southern border in the last few months. He has served as a spokesman for a group called the “United” Constitutional Patriots,” in which the former is a splinter group.
ARMED BORDER MILITIA MEMBERS ACCUSED OF BEING IN THE DETENTION OF IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO
Benvie, was charged with two counts of false impersonation of a U.S. officer or employee, and has appeared in federal court on Friday after he was arrested by the FBI, in Guthrie, a town about 90 miles west of Tulsa.
Jim Benvie, 44, was charged with two counts of false impersonation of a U.S. officer or employee, federal prosecutors said.
While the federal prosecutors have no details of the accusations against him, including of what type an officer or employee, Benvie, is accused of impersonating prosecutors say Benvie on the alleged crimes that have been committed in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, on the 15th of April and the 17th of April. The county, along with the U. S-mexico border.
The FBI arrested a member of an armed militia group has been accused of detaining the migrants in the state of New Mexico
On this day in April, Benvie posted Facebook video of meeting with people across the border, according to The Associated Press.
So, armed civilian groups have been a constant presence on the border for years, as auxiliaries to the Border Patrol and work in the areas in which the agents are not deployed. As the videos show, the US authorities had to keep them at arm’s length, while also responding to the reports of the people who are in the country illegally.
Video, Benvie filed under in March, under the headline: “Held, that a man with a baby!!!” If a cop came Benvie, said: “The limit has been exceeded. We are under attack.”
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He had previously told The New York Times that the goal of the group is to monitor the border and to the President’s Home to meet his campaign promise of, a wall, or until Congress enacts stricter laws to make it more difficult for migrants to apply for asylum.
Following his appearance in Oklahoma on Friday, prosecutors said Benvie, would remain in jail until a detention hearing set for Tuesday in Oklahoma city. Prosecutors said that he is going to be shipped to the state of New Mexico for prosecution. He faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
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In Oklahoma, Benvie, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to obtain money by false pretenses. The leader of the United, Constitutional Patriots, Larry Hopkins, was arrested in April on federal weapons charges.
At the time of Hopkins’ arrest, the U. s. Customs and Border Protection, said on Twitter that the agency “does not endorse or condone their own groups or organizations involved in the preservation of the matters into your own hands. Involvement of citizens in the field of law enforcement, may have on the safety of the public and the legal implications for all parties involved.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.