Immigration / Politics

Militia Moves Into Texas Border County to Deter Illegal Immigration

A total of 52 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Honduras wait to be booked for criminal trespass after being arrested by Texas State Troopers on local ranches, at the Kinney County Sheriffs Office in Brackettville, Texas, on Aug. 8, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

BRACKETTVILLE, Texas—For months, Texas ranchers have dealt with a relentless stream of illegal aliens traversing their property, cutting fences, breaking into their homes, and threatening them. Their patience is wearing thin.

Rural Kinney County, where Brackettville sits, has become a major thoroughfare for illegal immigrants trying to avoid law enforcement. The county shares just 16 miles of international border with Mexico, but sits between Del Rio and Eagle Pass—two major illegal border-crossing areas in Texas.

The Kinney sheriff’s stable of six full-time deputies has been beefed up by constables and deputies from Galveston, but with 1,360 square miles to cover, it’s an insurmountable ratio. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has had an impact, catching smugglers on the roads and illegal aliens on ranches, but still, they’re outnumbered.

Meanwhile, Sam Hall, the founder and president of militia group Patriots for America, has spent the past week in Kinney County.

“What we’ve seen is an invasion of this county,” Hall said during a county commissioner’s meeting on Oct. 18. “What we’ve seen is residents that are scared to death right now, and they don’t feel like they have support from the state.”

Hall told The Epoch Times that he’ll have around 40 men in the county by the end of the week and a total of 100 by around Oct. 26, with more coming. The militia’s arrival is happening against the backdrop of reports that 60,000 to 85,000 mostly Haitian migrants are on their way toward the U.S. border.

“We need the right men. And as many men are wanting to come down here, we don’t need just a warm body—we need very high IQ, situational-awareness kind of men,” he said.

He said the militia will operate as a deterrent in areas of high traffic.

“As a militia, we can’t detain or arrest people. We can disrupt and frustrate until the county or DPS can get there,” Hall said. He said the militia is self-funded, but members are having to take time off work to join. He anticipates that members from Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana will travel to Kinney County.

“We’re not here to hurt anybody. We’re not here to beat our chests, start a fight—nothing like that. We’re here to keep people safe,” Hall said.

“We’re not leaving as a militia until we know that this county is safe.”

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Recent trail camera photos of illegal aliens provided by ranchers in Kinney County, Texas. (Courtesy of ranchers)

Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe said the militia is welcome, “but we’ve just got to keep an eye on who they are, where they’re coming from.”

He says Hall’s militia group seems “very squared away” and hopes they’ll stay in communication with him as to where they’re operating.

“The best thing for them to do is to be in observation mode,” Coe told The Epoch Times.

“If somebody lets them on their private property, that’s between them and the landowner, but if they see something, call us, don’t engage it. Don’t start something that they can’t finish or finish wrongly, because then we’ll really be open to a lawsuit.”

Coe said militias have gotten a bad name over the past several decades, but “because of the militia, the United States exists, and so does the State of Texas.”

“There’s a place for a militia. But it has to be dealt with very, very delicately, because there’s a fine line there between vigilantism and militia,” he said.

Hall said he’s aware that any mistake his members make will be “exploited by the left.”

“And so we can’t have anybody down here that’s, you know, watched too many ‘Rambo’ movies growing up and have these illusions of grandeur. We need people that have cool-headed discernment and wisdom, and know that this is a high-stakes situation.”

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Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe in his office in Brackettville, Texas, on May 23, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

At the county commissioners meeting, Coe’s request for an initial 10 reserve deputies, on an unpaid three-month rotation, was approved. Coe said he may pull some militia members into that team, and he’s also hoping that some local retired peace officers can help fill the slots.

In its latest local disaster declaration, filed on Oct. 6, Kinney County requested that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott  “immediately deploy 2,000 state military personnel to Kinney County to repel an invasion and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Texas.”

Coe said he spoke to the governor’s office on Oct. 13 and isn’t expecting any National Guard troops in the county, although 1,500 personnel are being deployed to the flanking border cities of Eagle Pass and Del Rio.

DPS has arrested more than 1,200 illegal aliens for trespassing on private property in Kinney County in the past several months, and County Attorney Brent Smith said he’s received about 800 case files so far.

However, the county remains concerned about access to jail space as it relies on a temporary detention facility in neighboring Val Verde County to take the overflow, while the state is holding inmates in a repurposed facility in Dilley.

Reprinted with Permission from - The Epoch Times by - Charlotte Cuthbertson

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George
1 month ago

Looks like the Texas-Mexican war for independence all over again.

Diane
1 month ago

Thank God someone is headed down to help. I wonder if they are accepting females? Could use a females touch, in dealing with children.

Kevin Sago
1 month ago

Where were they last November? Militias are just a bunch of pansy asses. If they were MEN the real POTUS would be in the WH. We no longer have a country. Between the Socialist take over and the “ILLEGAL ALIEN” invasion we have no borders. If the so-called Militias, III%, etc want to help this country, REMOVE THE SOCIALIST FROM OU….wait…THEIR WH. Face it ameriCCCants, you are now SOCIALIST. You will never see an American in the WH ever again. What will you tell your children when they ask, what was freedom like? Will you lie and tell them you did everything you could? Or will you tell them the truth?

Diane
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin Sago

Well Kevin, what have you done lately? Why dont you head down and show em how its done.

Concerned
1 month ago

As our current administration is not protect us from those crossing the southern border, this is the next step needed. I can’t come and help, but I can help by supporting those who can. Sheriff Brad Coe, how can we help support your efforts?

I can donate and then I’ll deduct my donation from my Federal taxes. Legal or not, I will deduct it from my Federal Taxes. If the Federal Government does not follow the law, why should I in this particular case. I’m sick and tired of the situation on the border and how the Federal Government is mishandling it.

RANDY LONDON
1 month ago

All Militia should be sworn in as Deputy Sheriffs so they have the same “protection of the law” that the Police Officers and Sheriffs do if it is not being done. This will protect them from being labeled “domestic terrorists” and dealt with as such if something happens.

Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago
Reply to  RANDY LONDON

Good thought! They certainly aren’t “domestic terrorists” but concerned citizens who are willing to help where needed. I like your idea of swearing them in as well. Does give some protection and authority.

Howard MacKinnon
1 month ago

Sorry to read our ranchers are being threatened. Maybe they don’t know they have the right to shoot trespassers that threaten them? The law should remind them.

Turd Ferguson
1 month ago

Let’s Go Brandon! Most popular ever ! Ha ! I have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale also .Won’t cost a dime only 3.5 Trillion! You can buy it before you see it just like Nancy says! Just take our word for it.

Clark Kent
1 month ago

This sheriff is a putz. ‘Observation mode’? By the time a deputy arrives at the scene all of the militia members and illegals will be eligible for Social Security. And thousands upon thousands are invading his county and he is worried about LAWSUITS? What a dolt…

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

My question is: why aren’t border states mobilizing the state national guard? So what if DOJ sues? Biden ignores the courts… WHY DON’T THEY?

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago

Aaah illegal immigration ie human trafficking is but ANOTHER failure of this SOCIALIST PROGRESSIVE LED ADMINISTRATION IN WH WHAT is the rationale-? ARE these fake politicians hoping that illegals will assimilate and VOTE ILLEGALLY FOR THEIR SICK EVIL PARTY????? Well Mr Biden and others are digging their POLITICAL GRAVES ON A DAILY BASIS!

WAKE UP SENIORS AND ALL AMERICANS TAKE ACTION IF YOU CARE ABOUT AND ESPECIALLY LOVE THE USA !!!!! AND YOUR FREEDOMS -!

Rich
1 month ago

We should take all the militia from as many states as necessary and all available citizens that are able, and build the rest of the wall. Do we realize that there are $100,000,000 worth of wall panels ALREADY BUILT, sitting in holding areas that could be put into place? We the people need to exercise our right to protect this country if our “government” will not. The socialists in Washington are a disgrace. It’s time for citizens to step up and do our part. How many are ready to start this party?

Clark Kent
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

But, but, but walls and fences are ‘WAAYCCISSST’, don’tcha’ know? But that did not stop Bozo Joe from ordering a fence around his Delaware beach house for a cost of half a million taxpayer bucks. Guess fences are ‘woke’ in Delaware….

Janet
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

As taxpayers, we have paid for those panels and need to ignore any mandates to stop the wall. We need volunteers and private property owners to allow us to put them up. What are the Feds going to do about it when we own the fencing and do it ourselves. I don’t think you would have any problem finding volunteers and I am sure many would donate to help cover the costs incurred for operating the equipment, etc.
I have been wondering why the Militia has been so slow in responding, but also realize that many members also work and support their families. I would love it if some of the companies these people work for would realize the importance and treat members of the Militia as they would members of the National Guard that have been called up. God Bless these men and women who are ready to stand up and defend this country against the invasion that this Administration condones.

Diane
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

I Think picking up where trump left off is a great plan. Im down for some fence building, let me know when and where.

Sally
1 month ago

Thank our LORD Jesus that some folks are understanding the Bible and that it is our responsibility to administer and promote Justice/our laws within our country. It is our sovereign, God given right and responsibility to remove these lawless illegal folks…before we become Europe—-mindless little robots preyed upon by others…Interesting how it’s mostly young men of fighting age with all that testosterone that are coming thru the borders. Beware US—- no borders, no law= no country and no safety

Al
1 month ago

As a disabled Vietnam veteran my gut instinct tells me the two things we must do to stop this is jail the democrats behind this destruction of the USA, and military at the border allowed to shoot to kill any invaders! MUST DO AT ONCE!

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  Al

your right it is only a misdemeanor to cross our borders illegally BUT it is a Felony to aid – abet a illegal to cross into our nation so biden and congress who do nothing should be arrested . now who will do it ? garland , wray ? yeah fat chance.

liz
1 month ago

This invasion of illegal immigrants along with the Afghans(who were not SIV’s) will contribute to the dumbing down of this country! The majority of US citizens do NOT want them here. They are unskilled, illiterate, unschooled and speak no English! They will depend on taxpayer money to provide essentials for them not to mention the crime which we have seen many times! The big question is how do we remove them? They knew when they crossed our borders with no ID or documentation they were committing a crime! I have NO sympathy!

Al
1 month ago
Reply to  liz

Yes! I love and agree with your thoughts!

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Al

And isn’t it interesting that many of the so called unskilled immigrants will take good paying American jobs.

Diane
1 month ago
Reply to  liz

This is why all the people being fired is not phasing the Biden Admin. My sister is a nurse and they have hired 3 from Jamaica recently. She said they dont know shit and they do not hussle. Bet theyre cheap. Get ready for shitty customer service, crappy workmanship,unsafe products and services.

Martha
1 month ago

News about the militia is great – God Bless them as they get busy!!!

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  Martha

yea hooray !!! IT IS VERY CLEAR POTUS IS NOT GOING TO HELP AMERICANS
THE OUTSTANDING GOAL IS TO DEGRADE AMERICA AND PROMOTE THEIR GREEDY WISH LIST BY SPENDING OBSCENE AMOUNTS OF AMERICAS MONEY $$$$$$$$$$$
; WE NEED MILITIA !!!!! TO SAVE AMERICA THE GOOD GUYS IN CONGRESS ARE CONSTANTLY BEING INTENTIONALLY BLOCKED BY EVIL POLITICIANS !

Karen
1 month ago

I was wondering when they were going to bring in the militia. “bout time”.

Jones Brooks
1 month ago

But the FBI sure went after all the mom’s who stood up to the school board’s who were brainwashing their children. They were demanding change where their children are concerned and saying we know what is best for our children, not you. But this same Administration cares less about the thousands of illegals entering our country everyday and creating a real threat the safety of our children and our country.

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Jones Brooks

The FBI is a joke, unless of course the “Bidens” in Washington want someone removed. Then the FBI suddenly gets teeth.

Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

…notice how at his appearance last week how Garland dodged the question about FBI agents smashing windows or even helping incite the January 6th Capitol riot?

LiamL
1 month ago

IF the Fed’s show up to uphold the crime of illegal invaders and Biden’s oath of office breach, then the Sheriff needs to arrest the Fed’s on the spot.

Al
1 month ago
Reply to  LiamL

Yes, yes a thousand times yes!

Barbara Myers
1 month ago

How do you think the Gov is going to react? Does anybody remember Waco and a guy named David and what the FBI did to them?

Ron Howard
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara Myers

This is a totally different scenario than Waco. I am still trying to figure out what happened, when the initial purpose of the Federal Government was to protect the country from foreign invasion, and most other was left to the people/state. Now the Feds seem to have all power over the states, and they are responsible for, and support the invasion of the country by foreign attack. How did the Feds gain that control?

Rich
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

By trashing our Constitution. Even the SCOTUS is suspect. Biden, his followers (Hollywood, the media, etc.)are dumbing down America big time. These communists know what they are doing.

Joanne 4 justice
1 month ago
Reply to  Rich

OUR CONSTITUTION IS THE BASIS OF OUR GOVERNMENT AND IN GOD WE TRUST !!!!! SOCIALISM does NOT SUCCEED IT ONLY CONTROLS SOCIETY :: GOVERNMENT IS ITS TOOL OF CHOICE EXAMPLE VENEZUELA !!

Hal
1 month ago

Joe Hidin’ Biden and his Democrat ilk ought to be not only charged with treasonous activity but Biden himself should be impeached. He is the most irresponsible our-of-touch POTUS this Nation has had in my lifetime … by far. Our Nation is being INVADED and he and his DemocRat Commie left-wing, Chinese fawning should be be run out of office immediately. But our Constitution doesn’t provide a provision to do this if his supporting political Party will cover up for his ineptitude, dishonesty, and subversion. Joe Hidin’ Biden and his DemocRat ilk are putting the Nation in jeopardy.

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