Summary of “U.S. militia groups head to border, stirred by Trump’s call to arms”

FALFURRIAS, Tex. – Gun-carrying civilian groups and border vigilantes have heard a call to arms in President Trump’s warnings about threats to American security posed by caravans of Central American migrants moving through Mexico.
McGauley and others have been roused by the president’s call to restore order and defend the country against what Trump has called “An invasion,” as thousands of Central American migrants advance slowly through southern Mexico toward the U.S. border.
The prospect of armed vigilantes showing up beside thousands of U.S. troops – along with Border Patrol agents, police officers and migrants – is considered serious enough that miliary planners have issued warnings to Army commanders.
According to military planning documents obtained by Newsweek, the military is concerned about the arrival of “Unregulated militia members self-deploying to the border in alleged support” of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Manuel Padilla Jr., the top Border Patrol official in the agency’s Rio Grande Valley sector, the nation’s busiest for illegal crossings, said he has not issued any instructions to agents in the field or to landowners whose properties are adjacent to the river.
“We don’t have any specific information about the militias,” said Padilla, reached by phone along the border.
Michael Vickers, a veterinarian and rancher who lives an hour north of the border in Falfurrias, said that he will not let militia members from outside the area onto his property and that he doubts most area landowners would trust outsiders.
The group doesn’t call itself a militia, although it patrols ranchland to intercept migrants who hike through the brush to attempt to avoid Border Patrol checkpoints.

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