Are Illegal Immigrants Being Assassinated on the Arizona Border with Mexico?
The Southern Poverty Law Center has published an article titled "Investigating Deaths of Undocumented Immigrants on the Border" (Fall 2012). It is possible that some extremist militia units may be murdering illegal immigrants in Arizona near the border with Mexico. The article includes some information about a failed proposal to create a civilian volunteer militia to police the border. There are legitimate concerns that this state-funded civilian militia could include people who belong to racist, anti-immigrant, and even NAZI militia movements.
TPMMuckraker (5-4-12) reports:
Neo-Nazi and border vigilante JT Ready, who authorities said carried out a mass murder-suicide near Phoenix this week, was the target of a federal domestic terrorism investigation at the time of the incident, the head of the FBI’s Phoenix office revealed late Friday.
James Turgal, the special agent in charge of the FBI in Phoenix, told an Arizona television station the probe had been active less than five years and that investigators were looking into whether Ready was involved in a series of shootings of immigrants in the desert there.
Are some individuals or even groups in Arizona targeting immigrants for death? It remains impossible to say. But it’s hard not to think about the kind of anger that came from Jack Foote recently, after the state Legislature rejected the Arizona Special Missions Unit, a newly proposed state-sanctioned border militia.
“We have now washed our hands of our state’s Legislature,” Foote said in words that worried many. “Now we are going to do things our own way.”
The Arizona Star article the SPLC probably refers to is titled "Militias in Arizona Thrive Despite Lack of Authorizing Law" (5-27-2012).