Civilian militias are planning to block traffic at the US-Mexico border
Armed members of a civilian militia, who have unofficially been patrolling the United States-Mexico border in South Texas, may attempt to obstruct international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma, and Falcon Dam, all of which are located in Starr County, Texas.
Local law enforcement officials claim that they received a tip that some of the militia members were planning to protest illegal border crossings by blocking traffic on bridges that go across the United States-Mexico border on September 20. International bridge authorities, local politicians, and Customs and Border Protection officials met on Thursday to formulate a plan to deal with the possible blockade.
“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said. “I’m 100 percent sure that with the National Guard, with DPS, with Border Patrol, and local law enforcement, we’ll communicate and we’ll handle whatever comes.”
“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” stated Mayor Villarreal. “A port of entry is not just a port of entry for people; it’s also a port of entry for commerce. There are hundreds of millions of dollars that transact at the ports of entry. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s going to make us nervous. We’re not used to seeing firearms being openly displayed.”
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