Ariz. Highway Patrol Assn. warns would-be vigilantes - Stay out of the desert

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) has a warning for "desert vigilantes" who take it upon themselves to try and catch people who they believe are crossing the border illegally. Don't do it.

Javier Soto talked to Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, president of the AHPA.


"We believe these individuals that are 'searching' for undocumented persons feel they are assisting law enforcement," Chavez said in a news release. "However, it creates scenarios that endanger themselves and our officers.  Law enforcement officers are trained to handle these situations, and we want the public to be safe."