Two of three people arrested in a southern Arizona home invasion that left a little girl and her father dead had connections to a Washington state anti-illegal immigration group that conducts border watch activities in Arizona.
Jason Eugene Bush, 34, Shawna Forde, 41, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and other charges, said Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County, Ariz.
The trio are alleged to have dressed as law enforcement officers and forced their way into a home about 10 miles north of the Mexican border in rural Arivaca on May 30, wounding a woman and fatally shooting her husband and their 9-year-old daughter. Their motive was financial, Dupnik said.
"Border watch activities in Arizona" are what exactly? Are they support to the already beefed-up border patrols the Obama administration has implemented recently? Do these "immigration watch" groups assist the regular INS officers or local law enforcement?
Forde is the leader of Minutemen American Defense, a small border watch group, and Bush goes by the nickname "Gunny" and is its operations director, according to the group's Web site. She is from Everett, Wash., has recently been living in Arizona and was once associated with the better known and larger Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
Of course the group denied all knowledge and complicity on their web site. What else could they do? But, I wonder if these three, Bush, Forde, and Gaxiola are just the fringe element of an already extreme right-wing group, or if they're fairly representative of the membership at large. What do you think?
What I think is what one of the commenters said on the HuffPo post. These are, "Criminals, wrapping themselves in the flag while killing a child."
Isn't it ironic that Phoenix is supposed to have increased crime in general and home invasions in particular, all blamed on the Mexican drug cartels, yet this one was conducted by red-blooded Americans who fancy themselves patriots?
What's your opinion? Do the Minutemen organizations sound like hate groups to you? Aren't immigrants one of the main recipient groups of hate crimes?
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