[Ed. – There’s plenty of wrong to go around here. The problem with just leaving border enforcement to the federal government is that the result is continuously and demonstrably outrageous. The agencies of the federal government no longer have the standing of good faith and trustworthiness to lecture the people on our proper role. The government itself is engaged in rampant lawlessness.]
Authorities say, apparently, a group of heavily-armed border militia members mistook conservationists researching bats for illegal immigrants or smugglers.
It happened Aug. 23 in the Gardner Canyon area near Sonoita where the small group of conservationists was out in the middle of the night conducting a wildlife population survey, in this case, counting bats.
Nobody was hurt during the confrontation, but the incident has law enforcement taking notice.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada say the militiamen were on ATVs. They were carrying weapons and were wearing camouflage.
“Obviously, they mistook them for smugglers or illegal entrants,” says Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. “They were armed. They put a spotlight on them.”
The conservationists filed a report with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. …
Estrada says one of the militiamen apologized to the group of conservationists, who apparently did not want to hear it.
“Of course, they weren’t very receptive about the apology. They actually told them that’s something you should not be doing. There’s danger out there.There’s other groups of people in campsites,” Estrada says.
Sheriff Estrada says Santa Cruz County does not welcome border militia groups.