A militia gathering near San Antonio, Texas is using social media and a 24-hour hotline to recruit armed volunteers for plans to deploy and secure the Southern border.
The group’s commander Chris Davis told KRGV-TV his group is composed of patriotic Americans who are willing to sacrifice for their country.
“We have patriots all across this country who are willing to sacrifice their time, their monies, even quit their jobs to come down and fight for freedom, liberty and national sovereignty,” he said.
“Everybody realizes something has to be done, and we are here to look out for our fellow man while ensuring our national sovereignty,” the 37-year-old truck driver, who served in the Army and National Guard, added to the Houston Chronicle.
He would not, however, provide either outlet with details pertaining to how many members are in his militia, though he said members are screened through background checks. It was also unclear how the group plans to secure the border or when they would attempt to do so.
Davis only told the Chronicle they would deploy when they have “enough trained manpower” and would do so in a “legal and lawful manner,” but failed to provide the outlet with specific details.
A 21-minute YouTube video, however, shows Davis outline the tactics they will use, according to the Chronicle.
“How?” Davis asked on the video. “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.’”
The video, which drew sharp criticism, was removed Monday by Davis who said it was taken out of context by a pro-amnesty group, the Chronicle reported.
“If we come across a family that may have made it across the border, we will give them water and food and make contact with ICE or Border Patrol and tell them we have these people here,” he reportedly said.
On the group’s “Patriot Information Hotline” website, they say they support the “border initiative” and “patriots all over the U.S.A.”
The group further says they have attempted to make contact with Cliven Bundy and other militias operating in Texas.
A leader within the militia told KRGV that they will ultimately deploy to Laredo and said they have established a command center in Von Ormy to train and organize.
The border patrol released a statement to KRGV discouraging the militia from interfering with their duties.
“Customs and Border Protection 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 consequence,” the statement said.
“CBP appreciates the efforts of concerned citizens as they act as our eyes and ears. Securing our nation’s borders can be dangerous. Interdicting narcotics and deterring and apprehending individuals illegally entering the U.S. requires highly trained law enforcement personnel,” it added.
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