No… not Iraq… The Texas National Guard has something socially worthwhile to do now… Watch the Xenophobic Gun Nuts.
Don’t kid yourself. There’s no appreciable difference between the “Laredo Sector”
(Image from My San Antonio, July 7, with more)
„.the Neonazi Ukraine Right Sector/Svoboda groups, and the political tendencies of certain members of the US military. (the ones below are “Marines”}
…except their nationality.
HOUSTON - Masked militias have arrived in South Texas with semi-automatic rifles and tactical gear, causing a stir not only in border communities, but also among state officials.
News of the militias has spread at a time when the border has grown more militarized in response to an influx of Central American immigrants, many of them families and children who made the crossing unaccompanied - more than 57,000 since October.
Gov. Rick Perry activated 1,000 National Guard troops last month, drawing from the Texas State Guard as well as Texas Air and Army National Guard. That activation came on top of a state Department of Public Safety border surge, bringing the state’s total monthly cost to more than $17 million.
Perry has so far said the troops do not have arrest powers, although it appears they could if authorized by the state. Immigrant advocates and some local officials oppose granting them arrest powers.
Militia members started arriving on the Texas border in recent weeks to assist as part of a deployment they called Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector. The effort entails creating a training command near San Antonio and rotating groups south to patrol private ranch land on the border with the permission of ranch owners.
The early groups included Oathkeepers, Three Percenter’s Club and Patriots. Then the Minutemen announced that they, too, were deploying.
An online controversy flared after a militia member appeared on YouTube advising members to confront and intimidate those caught crossing the border illegally. There also have been tensions between militia groups, but no major clashes have been reported.
Response to the groups has been mixed.
Supporters of the militias are planning…