There are more than 10 independently operated private militia groups patrolling the border between Texas and Mexico, ignoring calls from Customs and Border Patrol to back off and inviting criticism from local lawmakers.
In a new report by the San Antonio Express-News, the newspaper obtained more than 30 photographs from unnamed members of the militia, showing numerous individuals sporting semi-automatic rifles, masks, camouflage and tactical gear.
The Express-News noted that “dozens of members” are depicted in the images, sometimes talking to agents from Customs and Border Patrol. In one photo, a CBP agent can be seen giving directions to armed militia members operating a vehicle.
Although the CBP has not commented on these recent images, last month it spoke out against those gathering around the border aiming to keep watch over immigrants attempting to cross the border. The agency said it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”
Update on border militias with new photos, Van de Putte weighs in, Perry declines comment http://t.co/HAOy2gW5qF pic.twitter.com/XxJKNCIqGM
— Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) July 28, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry also declined to address the situation, but Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte condemned the new evidence, saying that “pointing guns at children solves nothing.”
“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear,” she added to the Express-News. “The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.”
The militias have described their plan to patrol the borders as a response to the massive spike in undocumented minors entering the American border illegally. As RT has reported, nearly 60,000 minors have crossed into the United States since last October, sparking calls from anti-immigrant groups for their deportation. Pro-immigrant supporters, meanwhile, have described the situation as a humanitarian crisis and that the US should shelter the kids while they’re in the country.
New photos show dozens of border militia members with rifles, camo and masks: http://t.co/hR7IA5zFV3 by @KoltenParker pic.twitter.com/hYOD61DNSW
— mySA (@mySA) July 28, 2014
As the US government debates exactly how to address the situation, one militia “commander” named Chris Davis told the Express-News that any action to secure the border will be done in a “legal and lawful manner.”
Still, Davis – who was discharged from the Army in 2001 – has raised concern over militia activity, particularly in a 21-minute YouTube video posted last month. As reported by The Monitor, Davis explained how his team would handle immigrants attempting to cross the border:
“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,’” he said.
8 thoughts on “Private militias patrolling US-Mexico border raise concerns”
Davis is the only one making any sense. the politicians should listen to him and seek to get more like him to the border.
I am glad that the militias are there. At least someone has the courage to enforce the laws.
If the government was doing its job they wouldn’t have to be whining about militias.
and when the illegal WTF ignores him and moves past the militia crew will take what ‘legal’ action to stop him/them…citizens arrest??
Amiable & possibly good practice but at best will be minimally effective.
If the Gov ran the boarder in a way akin to (near) all other sovereign nations…
If a few illegals were shot illegally entering this nation the word would spread like ‘wild fire’ and the illegal invasion would end post haste.
This wont even slow down as long as the Undocumented president is POTUS
“Texas Gov. Rick Perry also declined to address the situation, but Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte condemned the new evidence, saying that “pointing guns at children solves nothing.”
We’ve all seen pictures of those ‘children’, moron, and I don’t think you can call someone who’s tatted up from head to toe a ‘child’.
Oh, I forgot. You’re one of that severely mentally challenged group, aren’t you.
Rope can fix that, though.
I’m so sick of the children rhetoric that it’s going to be one of my main points on the list at the county meeting Monday if the bastards let me speak. I’d like them to show me just ONE picture of these so-called children because I CANNOT find ONE! It’s all baloney! Then I will show them pictures of the REAL so-called children with tattoos and mustaches.
My hometown in Wisconsin had to have been a destination for one of Obama’s buses. It’s sad to stand behind people at the local gas station that have no business being here. They don’t know English and could care less if they ever do. Their main purpose is to waste your valuable time when common sense will prove that if you pull the teat out of their lives, they’ll go home. Instead, it looks like we’ll soon see a taco stand and Embroidered Rug Emporium in town. “What, you don’t wanna work for $3.75 an hour? See, the illegals are willing to do the work you don’t wanna do so what’s the problem?” That’s corporate America at it’s finest!
hahahaha ill try to be nice this thing says
“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear,” she added to the Express-News. “The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities.
we do not have local law “corporate rule code” enforcers nor do these border peetroll agents belong there only the ten square mile distasteful disctict of columbia and at no time did anyone give them any such permission to set that up in any way and we damn sure didnt give them permission to move off what was not ever allowed and into our homes roads and lands
the militia is the law enforment on this land not these foreign agents and foreign agencies they are not ours they do not protect our communes oh another socialist wording
we band together for out protection at no time ever have we invited these crown owned and run agencies to do anything for us whatsoever they programed fools in skools to assume this
when a trespass is told to leave continues to commits battery and harm wont leave and is a threat to your life liberty and property only one way to left to handle it goes for those coming across from the south also stay home fix your own fence stay the hell out of our pasture you don’t need to come here because you cant fix the problems in your own stay down south