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SIERRA VISTA, Arizona -- Authorities yesterday said three protesters patrolling the border did not break any laws when they encountered an illegal alien they posed with for pictures and fed while waiting for Border Patrol agents to arrive.
"The county attorney's office reviewed all available evidence, that indicates that there was no forcible detention, therefore the case is not substantiated, and no charges are pending," said Carol Capos, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.
The alien, identified only as a 26-year-old Mexican national, told deputies he had been held against his will by the "Minuteman Project" volunteers who videotaped him holding a T-shirt that said: "Bryan Barton caught me crossing the border and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."
DOUGLAS, AZ -- The American Civil Liberties Union today condemned the actions of volunteers with a controversial citizen border patrol program known as the "Minuteman Project" for reportedly holding an individual against his will and photographing him holding a t-shirt with a mocking slogan.