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A weekend deadline is fast-approaching for civilian militias in Mexico to disband or join the government in its fight against the drug cartels. That deadline, by the Mexican government, is also looming large for supporters of these militias, many of whom live north of the border in California. These Mexican immigrants have been helping the armed groups with money and supplies.
It was just over a year ago that civilians in the Mexican state of Michoacan took up weapons to take on a ruthless drug cartel and demand an end to local government corruption.
KQED's Tara Siler talks with reporter Michael Montgomery who is covering the story for KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting.