MEET THE BORDER VIGILANTES WHO ARE TAKING THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS
His promise to build a wall across the border to keep Mexican migrants from crossing in to the US has been one of the most divisive components of Donald Trump's campaign. But it seems one group is already quietly addressing the Republican candidate's wish for increased security.
A group of vigilante former military and police men and women have been patrolling the border for years. Armed with their own weapons and an unsolicited desire to maintain the US's border security, Arizona Border Recon monitors the state's 311 mile border with Mexico. Unassigned to any government agency, its officers pass along any information they glean from their outings to official law enforcement.
Members of the group carry AR-15 rifles and, according to High Country News, are 'firm but polite' when dealing with people who have crossed the border illegally.
They vow in their 'Rules of Engagement' not to use excessive force or any where it is unnecessary. 'Only the minimum amount of force reasonably necessary to accomplish any task is authorized. 'The deescalation of any situation is the optimal result and should be the goal of any contact or action,' reads one of its stipulations.
Portraits of its members were taken by photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson, who observed them in action earlier this year. Speaking of the project, Kremer told Creative Boom each member of the group had their own personal motivation for joining it. 'We make no judgement on whether what they're doing is right or wrong, good or bad. Our only agenda for the project was to...