The US Border patrol has warned property owners along the border to expect ‘possible armed civilians’ to come onto their property due to militia response to the caravan. Spurred by Trump rhetoric calling the migrant caravan an ‘invasion of our Country’ civilian militias like the Texas Minuteman militia have called for members to set up camp along the border and look out for illegal border crossers. Militia members say they only report illegal crossings and that weapons are for self-defense only.
- Should these local communities welcome armed militia?
- Does the presence of civilian militia increase the chances of a deadly accident?
- If there will be 5000 troops at the border, do the militia members have a purpose?
The U.S. Border Patrol this week reportedly told Texas landowners along the U.S.-Mexico border to prepare for a possible influx of “armed civilians” on their property as the migrant caravan moves closer to the U.S., a report said.
The Associated Press reported that these civilians say they intend to support the National Guard and Border Patrol to prevent the illegal migrants from crossing into the U.S.
But some see the move as a negative, arguing that the armed civilians’ presence would add even more tension should there be a confrontation.
Three activists told the AP they were going to the border or organizing others, and groups on Facebook have posted warnings about the caravan. One said it was “imperative that we have boots on the ground.” Another wrote: “WAR! SECURE THE BORDER NOW!”
President Trump tweeted on Monday, “This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”