The conservative meltdown over unaccompanied Central American children showing up at the border reached a new, but inevitable peak: armed, “Bundy Ranch”-style militias waving guns at them.
These gunmen were moved to action not because of the plight of these poor, desperate children who’s parents sent them north in the hopes that they might escape the violence, civil unrest, and crushing poverty in their home countries. No, instead, they are just livid that America has to deal with them. So, they grabbed their guns, packed up their American flags and headed to the border.
Operation Secure Our Border, organized members of the “Patriot” movement, gained experience in gunwielding bullying during the showdown at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. Remarkably, their threats of violence had their desired effect and the U.S. government backed away from the fight. Emboldened, the group now hopes it can do the same on the border.
According to a YouTube video (since deleted) posted by one of the activists organizing the group, they are now operating under strict kill orders if they see any “illegals.” At one point in the video, the activist, identified by The Monitor as Chris Davis, tells prospective immigrants: “Get back across the border or you will be shot.”
Operation Secure Our Border already has members in Texas but they also ask that more “patriots” join them in the coming weeks.
A spokeswoman for the group, Denice Freeman, said the operation is a call for civilian militia members — both armed and unarmed — to voluntarily guard private property in the Laredo area and other Texas locations where owners feel threatened by “drug cartels and from gangs, particularly the MS-13 gangs,” a Salvadoran-based gang that is considered among the most dangerous in this country by law enforcement. [source]
According to another group organizer, these militias weren’t meant to use violence: “This is not a ‘go-in-guns-blazing’ kind of thing.”
Davis begs to differ.
“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.’”
It’s not clear how Davis thinks he will know an illegal immigrant when he sees one. From the looks of it, just being Hispanic is enough to be interrogated by this mercenary army. The potential for disaster is extremely high.
According to The Monitor, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra is not cool with this call-to-arms.
“We don’t need their services on our border. If we ever did I’m sure we have enough good people in Hidalgo County that I can call up,” Guerra said.
Operation Secure Our Border isn’t the only right-wing group currently stockpiling guns on the border. In fact, you might say they are being encouraged by their governor. Yesterday, we brought you the story of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his grandstanding near the border. Hanging out with his good friend Fox News host Sean Hannity, Perry posed for several pictures next to a mounted machine gun while cruising down the Rio Grande.
It isn’t hard to see how some people might assume that that sort of behavior is being endorsed by government leadership.
Amazingly, the saga of Operation Secure Our Border took another twist, when – after posting his threatening video to YouTube – Davis cancelled his interviews with Fox News, deleted his YouTube account and has since been unheard from other than to tell other group members that he was “going black” due to security threats against him.
Now, other right-wing militia groups are bashing Davis as being insufficiently dedicated to the cause. Doing a complete reverse, several groups are telling their members to stay away from Operation Secure Our Border.
We can only hope that this implosion of leadership means the other “patriots” stay at home as well. I don’t think I could handle a kid getting shot on the border because a self-described militiaman ordered her to turn around and she didn’t understand him.