We reported some time back that militia groups setup a command center in Texas in response to the flood of illegal immigrants pouring across the US/Mexico border. Thursday night, news broke that the militia had threatened to block ports of entry in the Rio Grande Valley area.
The militia group referred to as “Secure Our border – Laredo” is calling on members to guard private property voluntarily along the Rio Grande to help protect some of the residents from drug cartels and gang members, as well as illegal immigrants seeking to cross over into the US.
Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam.
Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking traffic on Sept. 20.
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said members of the group have a right to express their opinion. His is concerned about the group’s intent, though.
“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” Villarreal said.
“I’m a 100 percent sure that with the National Guard, with DPS, with Border Patrol and local law enforcement, we’ll communicate and we’ll handle whatever comes,” he said.
“The level of communication that exists doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s an extraordinary amount of communication,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal said he was worried about safety.
“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” Villarreal said.
Additionally, Villarreal said it might impact the local economy. “A port of entry is not just a port of entry for people; it’s also a port of entry for commerce. There are hundreds of millions of dollars that transact at the ports of entry. If their intent is to cause a disruption at a port of entry, it’s not only a matter of people, it’s a matter of commerce as well,” he said.
The State of Texas also provides for open carry, which apparently is a problem for Temple Police, and Villarreal says that makes him nervous about violence. Apparently, concerns about the violence of Border Patrol and drug cartels were not mentioned.
“This is not a ‘go-in-guns-blazing‘ kind of thing,” said group spokeswoman Denice Freeman. “This will be handled with the utmost professionalism and security and safety for everyone involved.”
That is at best questionable.
In August, it was reported that a Border Patrol agent opened fire on an armed militia member as he chased a group of illegals near Brownsville, Texas. Consider he did not fire at the illegals he was chasing and fired four shots at the militia member, who immediately dropped his weapon and identified himself as militia.
What’s interesting is the incident occurred on private property and the militia member had permission to be there. Yet, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said, “We really don’t need the militia here. It just creates a problem from my point of view, because we don’t know who they are.”
Apparently, Border Patrol can distinguish illegals, but they can’t distinguish militia who are on private property? Do I have that right? This is the same Border Patrol that have been told not to use their firearms, but to run, throw rocks and hide, yet militia, guarding the border on private property, shouldn’t be there? Something is not right with this picture.
Just this week Border Patrol told the militia to leave law enforcement of the border to the professionals. Frankly, I think that is why they are there. They have seen how this administration’s policies have been left to the “professionals” and aren’t happy with it.
Tens of thousands of illegals have been allowed to cross the borders, board airplanes and moved to highly populated cities with many of them carrying infectious diseases we haven’t had to deal with in years.
While the numbers are not exactly, Texas is spending approximately $1.3 million per week on state troopers and nearly $12 million per month on the National Guard to do the job the Federal Government’s Border Patrol is supposed to be doing. The militia members are doing it for free.
I’d say the outcry of the American people has been, “Someone needs to do something,” and these guys are doing just that. They haven’t broken any laws and they are guarding the border on private property to repel invaders. Sounds to me like that is all that is necessary. They are doing exactly what militia are supposed to do. If you are looking to see how you might help as a militia member in patrolling the US border, click here for more information.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost.