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The Nation

July 07, 1986

A paramilitary group captured 15 illegal aliens in Arizona near the Mexican border and held them at gunpoint for 90 minutes until Border Patrol agents arrived, an immigration official said. Twenty heavily armed members of the antiCommunist group known as Civilian Materiel Assistance seized the aliens, who were deported, said Harold Ezell, regional commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Ezell criticized the action in the Lochiel Valley as dangerous and "bizarre." The group reportedly had been conducting night maneuvers along the border to intercept the flow of cocaine from Mexico.

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