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Militia Groups Sporting Semi-Automatic Rifles And Camouflage Are Patrolling the Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 10 militia groups are patrolling the Texas-Mexico border despite objection from the federal government, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The newspaper obtained more than 30 photos showing the armed militia members in camouflage, tactical gear and masks.

CBP responded that it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

State lawmakers also expressed concern and anger.

“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.

The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, have been recruiting members since the media began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants, mostly families and children.

Obama Administration to Assess Need for National Guard Troops at Texas-Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is going explore the need for deploying National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, the Washington Post reports. The administration has dispatched a team of military and national security officials to examine whether the Rio Grande Valley would benefit from a military “temporary assist.”

Despite objections from Democrats, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided earlier this week to send 1,000 of his state’s National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

“The assessment team will review support options that increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection capacity to conduct enforcement and processing activities and to enable DHS to implement a surge plan that addresses spikes in the influx of UACs [unaccompanied alien children]/migrants along the Southwest Border,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Texas Dispatches State Agents to Mexico Border to Help Growing Crisis Over Immigrant Children

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To address the growing humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border, Texas officials are dispatching more state law enforcement officials to the southern border as immigrant children are forced to stay in cramped, squalid conditions, the USA Today reports.

Gov. Rick Perry said the plan is to deploy more Department of Public Safety agents to assist overwhelmed federal Border Patrol agents.

“Texas can’t afford to wait for Washington to act on this crisis and we will not sit idly by while the safety and security of our citizens are threatened,” the

Republican governor said in a statement. “Until the federal government recognizes the danger it’s putting our citizens in by its inaction to secure the border, Texas law enforcement must do everything they can to keep our citizens and communities safe.”

Since October, border patrol officials have apprehended more than 47,000 children – nearly twice the number captured this time last year.

Border Patrol Shifts Resources Because of Sharp Increase of Immigrant Smugglers in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The never-ending battle to crack down on immigrant smugglers has shifted to southernmost Texas where federal agents are seeing an alarming influx of activity, Fox News reports.

Border Patrol leaders are shifting resources from western states after a marked increase of arrests from Oct. 1 to May 17, when more than 148,000 people were arrested. At that pace, the arrests would reach the last year’s number in just eight months.

“I don’t think we have anywhere near the resources that we would require to even make a dent in what we’ve got going on here,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent in McAllen and local vice president of the agents’ union. “I think it’s common knowledge that we don’t have the resources, that’s why they’re coming in droves like they are. They’re exploiting a weakness that they’ve found and quite frankly they’re doing a good job of it.”

Border Patrol Agents Imprisoned for Killing Unarmed Drug Smuggler Make Controversial Endorsements


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most politicians don’t boast about endorsements from felons.

That’s not the case for Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who featured in a commercial the endorsements of two former Border Patrol agents who were sent to prison for killing an unarmed drug smuggler, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Conservatives have largely opposed the prosecution of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, who were accused of also trying to cover up the shooting and hide evidence.

Hall’s opponent John Ratcliffe is loosely tied to the case because a law partner, Johnny Sutton, was the U.S. attorney who helped convict Ramos and Campean.

“We were U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to protect the Texas/Mexico border, but Johnny Sutton of the U.S. Attorney’s office saw it differently,” Ramos said in a video released Tuesday afternoon by the Hall campaign.

“We were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison for doing our jobs,” Compean says. “Congressman Ralph Hall stood up for us in our time of need.”

New DEA Head of Houston Division Brings Plethora of Border Experience

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Arabit, the new head of the Houston Division of the DEA, arrives with a plethora of border experience that authorities hope will help crack down on drug cartel activity between the Texas-Mexico border, KHOU.com reports.

Arabit previously was in charge of the DEA office in El Paso at a time of intense activity from rival drug cartels crossing the border into the U.S.

“The murder rate in Juarez started to climb in 2008,” said Arabit recalling his first few months as special-agent-in-charge in El Paso.

Despite the violence across the border of El Paso, the U.S. city remained relatively safe because of Arabit’s actions to work with local, state and other federal agencies to clamp down.

“Once we had those individuals identified we did all that we could to link them to a U.S. crime they had committed in the past and then took it a step further,” Arabit said.

Deadly crossing: Death toll rises among those desperate for the American Dream

By Hannah Rappleye and Lisa Riordan Seville
NBC News

In the freezer of a small funeral home nearly 13 miles from the Texas-Mexico border, 22 bodies are stacked on plywood shelves, one on top of the other.

The bodies wrapped in white sheets have names, families and official countries of origin — Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, sometimes China or Pakistan. The bodies in black shrouds are the remains of the nameless and unclaimed, waiting to be identified.

For the past few years, the family-owned Elizondo Mortuary and Cremation Service in Mission, Texas, has been taking in the remains of undocumented immigrants found dead in nearby counties after crossing the border from Mexico. This year, however, they had to build an extra freezer. It’s become difficult to keep up with the rising tide of dead coming to them from across the Rio Grande Valley.

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