Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that a group of right-wing militiamen, the Constitutional Patriots of the United States, operating in New Mexico, were holding migrants to a halt. gun before handing them over to American officials. Now, Paypal and GoFundMe have banned the group from their services, according to Buzzfeed News .
The number of paramilitary groups has increased in the United States during the past few years, and at that time, its members have been making trips to the southern border of the United States, saying that they are there to support the agents of the Border Patrol of the United States. Following recent reports, the New Mexico state attorney general issued a statement on Thursday, saying that "these people should not attempt to exercise the authority reserved for law enforcement," while the Border Patrol issued a statement and said that does not "endorse or approve." "Private groups or organizations that take compliance issues into their own hands". On Saturday, officials confirmed that the FBI had arrested a member of the group, Larry Mitchell Hopkins.
Now, technology companies are starting to act, since Paypal and GoFundMe, which allowed people to financially support the group's operations, cut them off. Paypal confirmed to The Verge that it has permanently suspended the group's account, and the group posted a message on its Facebook page, asking donors to mail checks or money orders directly to them. In an interview with Buzzfeed News the commander of the United Constitutional Patriots Mark Cheney said that "they killed us", and that "they would have to find some other way for people to donate". Cheney said that isolating those sources was a significant loss: operating in a remote location is expensive, and the group used the funds it obtained through funding platforms to buy food, gas and other supplies.
In a statement to Buzzfeed News a Paypal spokesperson said that the group violated its Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits "hatred, violence, race or other forms of intolerance that are discriminatory or the financial exploitation of a crime. " We have contacted GoFundMe for additional comment, and we will update this publication if we receive a response.