Spencer is the racist, anti-Semitic head of American Border Patrol (ABP), a nativist group that uses high-tech sensors, infrared video cameras mounted on model airplanes, and ATV-mounted vigilantes to monitor, track down, and confront migrants on Spencer’s ranch along the Arizona-Mexico border. He’s held high-profile nativist gatherings on his ranch and played host to Shawna Forde, the Arizona Minuteman leader now sitting on death row for her role in the slayings of 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father during a 2009 home invasion. He also has his own record of run-ins with the law.
But somehow, none of this made it into “Border Battles.” Instead, the show presents a glowing portrait of Spencer as an American patriot risking his life to do a job the U.S. government refuses to.
“Extreme times can give rise to extreme measures,” booms a voiceover at the beginning of the show. “Glenn Spencer is the president and founder of the American Border Patrol. He believes the US government is failing to stem the tide of illegal immigration and the invasion of drug traffickers. Now, his mission is to stand sentinel on the border and report what he sees, even if that means placing his own life at risk.”
The 30-minute episode intersperses footage of Spencer cruising his ranch on an ATV and demonstrating his high-tech gizmos with “re-enactments” and dramatizations of dark-skinned men leaping from the backs of pickup trucks, aiming high-powered rifles and skulking about menacingly, all backed by music worthy of an episode of “24.”