Olivia Garza is one of approximately 80 members the group has from Corpus Christi to La Joya.
Garza, a Brownsville native, said she wants to set the record straight about her organization in the wake of criticism from some Valley residents.
“What we’d like to let the public know, especially local citizens, that we’re a coalition of concerned citizens … patriots if you want to call us,” Garza said.
Garza said she takes her duties as the group’s spokesperson very seriously. She showed a CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew the identification badge and cap she uses when out on patrol with her colleagues.
Garza said the group is made up of native South Texans. She said their mission is to protect the region from illegal immigration.
“We’ve been at this for about 10 years,” Garza said.
“We knew this was going to happen. We knew this surge of illegals would come through eventually,” she said.
“We could see where our government was really not implementing our laws. … We’re just seeing a big, big surge of illegal, people coming through. I expect it to get worse,” Garza said.
Garza said her group is against illegal-immigrant crossings.
“We know that they’re being victimized, but the ones that are victimizing them are their own countries and their own governments,” she said.
“We must make a stand and have these countries take care of their own people. We can no longer do it. We’ve got so many people here in the Valley that need help. … Our veterans need help; I’d like to see our money go there and not to these countries that are corrupt,” Garza said.
Garza said private property owners are asking them for help. They are helping three landowners in Hidalgo County. She believes the group’s presence alone helps keep immigrants from crossing.
“We’re talking about properties, areas that law enforcement does not go to. When they do go, it’s too late,” she said.
Garza said the group is made up of people from the region.
“We are local citizens. We were born and we were raised here. We’re not from the north. We’re not northerners,” she said.
“When people say, ‘we don’t want them here, send them back up north,’ we can really, honestly say well we live here,” Garza said.
Some Valley residents have expressed concern about the group’s use of weapons. They fear the group members may hurt someone.
Garza said all members are licensed to carry weapons, but made it clear that they don’t use them.
“We are not there to engage in any gunfight. That is the last thing we want for any of our members to have to go through or to have to do. Our order is that they retreat,” she said.
Garza said they will continue to patrol on private property as long as the problem exists and as long as they have permission.
Garza said the group’s members are Good Samaritans. She said they are trained as first responders and will not turn their back on someone who needs medical attention even if that person is an illegal immigrant.
“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void.” Marbury vs. Madison 5 US (2 Cranch) 137, 174, 176, (1803)
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
Militias are not in favor of having another revolution in America. We are for restoring a literal interpretation of the United States Constitution as the founding fathers intended with a strong emphasis on the bill of rights, states rights, and a limited federal government. Militias are not illegal. Militias are not anti-government. Militias are authorized by the US Constitution.
Militia arrives in the Rio Grande Valley hoping to secure border
Action4 reached out and contacted one member from the militia group, but at this time, they are not releasing the name of their organization, details of how many boots are on the ground, but they tell us that they will provide more information in the near future.
The group adds they do want to be transparent and keep the community informed on issues relating to border security.
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150 Border Patrol agents assigned to work in the Rio Grande Valley
Yesterday at 9:23 PM
150 newly reassigned Border Patrol agents are in the valley ready to help with the border crisis affecting our community.
How Border Patrol is combating environmental obstacles in RGV
Friday, July 25, 2014
The Rio Grande Valley sector is one of the busiest corridors for illegal immigration with about 220,000 apprehensions each year.
Action 4 Investigates: $10,000 check at center of sheriff’s race controversy
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Two candidates for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s race have released public statements about the controversy surrounding a $10,000 check dated back to April 14th.
BREAKING: Militia Mobilizes… They’re Going to Defend the Border
There is a humanitarian crisis currently taking place along our nation’s southern border.
Thousands of illegal immigrants, many of them unaccompanied children, are flooding across the border, completely overwhelming our border security system, which already has the Border Patrol’s hands tied due to the Obama administration’s immigration policy, or lack thereof.
Texas is now making moves to secure the southern border themselves, something they have done previously for brief periods, since the federal government has made no effort to secure it like they are supposed to.
We are now hearing word that militias across the nation are considering mobilizing to assist in gaining control of the border, much like some militias mobilized to help defend the Bundy Ranch in Nevada from the overreaching BLM earlier this year.
An alert went out across the internet recently in response to Texas’ announcement of a “border surge”, encouraging the Texas militias to converge on Laredo to secure that sector of the border, according to Breitbart.
***ACTION ALERT*** All Texas & National Militia Available Please Converge Immediately Status GO: Mission close down Laredo Crossing for starters ((All need to be closed)) Operation complete when border fence is in place and secure Name: Love’s #298 Love’s Travel Stop 28527 Interstate 35, Encinal, TX 78019 (956) 948-7044 Location: I 35 & Hwy 44, Encinal, TX Distance from Encino: 93.7 miles Contact numbers: for location and or pick up 580 889 1036 423 333 8872 Militia Conference Number 24/7 For info and assistance 559 726 1300 access 639939# It’s time to bring down the thunder. Activating the Patriots willing to stand up for America GO GO GO. III% Kelli in Texas USA Let’s share this like the brushfires of Liberty”
There are an estimated 500 militia troops already guarding the border in Arizona, and some militias in Arizona, Oklahoma, and other states across the country are offering their assistance to the Texas militia, if they are invited to come help.
Not everyone is pleased though, and according to the Tea Party.org, there are questions about whether the Texas government would welcome the help of the militias in their border surge or not, with some claiming the Governor wants to work with them while others are telling them to stay away.
State Rep Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands) spoke to Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Colonel Steve McCraw about the militia groups coming to Texas. On a Facebook chat thread this morning Toth said, “Steve McCraw is not looking for anyone to show up on the border to help DPS or the Guard. If you would like to join the Guard we would love to have you but don’t show up on the border to help it will only cause confusion and lead to someone getting hurt.”
Texas would be wise to accept the assistance being offered by the various militias, as they can provide much needed manpower. Likewise, it would also be wise of the militias to defer for now to the wishes of Texas, coordinating their efforts with the Texas DPS, and ensuring that they aren’t acting as vigilantes.
Hopefully Texas will be able to gain control of their border, putting a stop to the current crisis of children flooding across the border. Many of the people coming across are sick with communicable diseases, and while our Border Patrol and Immigration officials are focused on helping the children, cartels, smugglers and criminals are moving back and forth with ease, conducting their criminal activity.
The border must be secured as soon as possible. The security of our nation depends upon it.
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Border Agent Ignores Gag Order: Obama is Aiding, Abetting & Fascilitating Illegal Alien Smuggling
‘They Keep Coming’: The ‘Rehearsed’ Answers Illegal Immigrants Are Using at the Border to Gain Entry Into the U.S.
McALLEN, Texas — A Honduran woman clutched her small baby boy from the back of a Border Patrol transport truck. She was sitting with 12 other people, mostly children, who had just made their way from Reynosa, Mexico, across the Rio Grande by the Anzalduas port of entry in Texas.
The mother, who had crossed first with one baby, had left her infant and older son along the banks of the river in Mexico. Her two children followed in a second raft and joined their mother after the Border Patrol took her into custody.
“We’re fleeing gang violence,” the mother told the Border Patrol agent, who detailed the conversation to TheBlaze on the condition that he not be named. The group did not run, but voluntarily turned themselves in to U.S. federal custody and claimed what is known as credible fear to apply for asylum in the U.S.
They all knew it was only a matter of time before they would be set free.
Border Patrol Instructed to Show Restraint
By SARAH WHEATONMARCH 7, 2014
Agents have been assaulted with rocks 1,713 times since 2010 and have responded with deadly force 43 times, resulting in 10 deaths, according to Mr. Fisher.
The memo set out to change the mind-sets of border patrol agents, who often operate in rural settings where cover and backup can be scarce.
Border Patrol Agents Threatened with Criminal Charges for Speaking to Reporters
Border Patrol Agents Threatened with Criminal Charges for Speaking to Reporters..
HOUSTON, Texas—A surge of thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has left federal resources and facilities overwhelmed. Most of the new migrants are children from Central America. In the aftermath of Breitbart Texas releasing photos showing minors warehoused in crowded U.S. cells, Border Patrol agents in Texas have been instructed not to speak to media outlets.
The Associated Press (AP) obtained an email from Eligio “Lee” Pena, an assistant patrol agent, that ordered more than 3,000 agents to not speak to reporters about the “humanitarian crisis.” The email allegedly said that reporters are likely to press for details and “may try to disguise themselves” in the process.”
This is not the first time Border Patrol agents have been ordered to remain silent on an issue. In May, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) ordered agents not to speak to reporters regarding the 36,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants that were released onto U.S. soil.
“We were given specific instructions not to comment on that report,” said Greg Palmore, a Texas-based ICE spokesman, during a phone interview with Breitbart Texas. He was referring to the report by the Center for Immigration Studies that outlined the criminals’ release.
The images included below shed light on the dangers U.S. Border Patrol agents are facing from rock throwers along the U.S./Mexico border. The Border Patrol has come under an unprecedented level of fire from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and their allies in both government and media for the use of deadly force in response to some rock attacks from individuals and groups illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico.
Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on the left-of-center campaign to restrict the ability of Border Patrol agents to defend themselves and on the false narratives such open-borders advocates use in their political and media attacks against the men and women of the Border Patrol.
The reality being far from the false narrative of “kids throwing pebbles,” the life-threatening rock attacks against Border Patrol agents often occur in remote areas when a solitary Border Patrol agent may be up to a 90-minute drive from their nearest backup. The solitary Border Patrol agent’s radio often does not work due to insufficient communications infrastructure along the U.S./Mexico border–leaving the agent alone and unable to call for help. The attacks often come from illegal immigrants trafficking drugs or human beings, or from illegal immigrants trying to divert the attention and resources of the Border Patrol in an effort to assist drug and human traffickers.
The below images were provided to Breitbart Texas from Homeland Security Today. The images show injuries to Border Patrol agents, damage to Border Patrol vehicles, and some of the large rocks used in such attacks. They graphically reveal the reality of such rock attacks and the risks such attacks pose to the very lives of U.S. Border Patrol agents.