Two Undocumented Immigrants Killed by Camouflage-Clad Gunmen Near Eloy, Arizona
Truthout reports that the pair was gunned down near Eloy. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department confirms that “an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles ambushed a truck carrying 20 to 30 undocumented immigrants” near the town of 11,000 people.
Border Patrol agents and police officers found one body in the bed of the truck and another lying nearby in the desert. The identities of the victims have not been released to the public at this time.
Five other undocumented immigrants were discovered hiding nearby and captured; many others fled into the desert on foot.
The identity of the gunmen is not yet known. Deputy Dawn Barkman said that Investigators are “looking into every possibility but nothing is conclusive.”
Possible culprits include drug traffickers or armed citzens’ militia groups.
Truthout reports that the Arizona legislature is considering a bill that would create a fully-armed, state-backed volunteer citizens’ militia with the power to aid the Border Patrol and arrest suspected “illegals.” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) is strongly opposed to the measure.
“This legislation is not just silly and irresponsible, it’s a public safety threat,” Grijalva said. “To arm individuals, provide paper-thin weapons training and deliberately place them in danger disrespects the taxpayers of our great state and cheapens the professionalism of our border security agents.”
Arizona has gained worldwide notoriety because of its hostility towards undocumented immigrants. In 2010, the state passed SB 1070, a harsh anti-immigration law opposed by the federal government. The state also banned ethnic studies courses in public schools; this in a state where Mexican are the number one national origin group.
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