During an hour-long livestream in the evening, Yarbery, Fulfer and Felix yelled at the migrants and accused them of human trafficking. Yarbery even tried to sell cigarettes to immigrants for $20 each. At one point, Fulfer threatened violence against a migrant who was pointing a flashlight at his cameras.
The trio also verbally attacked a volunteer working with the organization, following her as she called for help from the U.S. Border Patrol, according to live feeds of the incident viewed by WIRED before being taken offline.
Yarbery, Felix and Fulfer did not respond to WIRED’s requests for comment on their actions at the border.
“We are aware of the recent harassment,” Laurie Cantillo, board president of Humane Borders, which maintains water stations along migrant routes near the border, tells WIRED. “We have noticed an increase in vandalism of our permitted water stations along the border. Our 55 gallon barrels have been shot, stabbed, drained and stolen. It is sad that someone sabotages water that can save a human life.”
The US Border Patrol and No More Deaths did not respond to multiple requests for comment on the incident. A former No More Deaths volunteer, who did not want to be identified for security reasons, told WIRED that they were not surprised that no one responded, as the organization “may not want to draw more attention to this event.”
After departing Arizona, the trio of livestreamers headed to California, where they continued trying to locate migrant camps. For several days their searches were fruitless, although they continued broadcasting and requesting donations through YouTube.
After Fulfer and Felix left, Yarbery continued “hunting,” as he called it, and during a broadcast over the weekend, he live-streamed with his partner and young daughter as he drove toward the border at Jacumba Hot Springs.
While there, Yarbery met with locals to discuss the migrant situation, and in one conversation a man on the livestream could be heard saying: “I say we shoot them all” before Yarbery told him to shut up while livestreaming on YouTube.
YouTube did not respond to multiple requests for comment from WIRED about the live streams, but 24 hours after WIRED flagged the channels to the video platform, the streamers’ accounts were deleted.
However, within hours, Yarbery created a backup channel and told his followers where they could follow him on YouTube.
For years, extremism experts have been tracking how violent rhetoric at the border and migrants has led directly to violence, dating back to the 2000s, when alarmist attacks against immigrants led to the mobilization of paramilitary groups. far-right, one of which They brutally murdered Raúl Flores and his 9-year-old daughter Brisenia.
“Sadly, this cycle of violence has become so common that it tends to go unnoticed outside of the communities targeted by far-right vigilantes,” Burghart said. “This time, the black mirrorThe difference is that technological advances now allow armed racist vigilantes to broadcast and monetize their cruelty toward a far-right fan base that yearns for more.”