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Border Patrol Museum Taken Over By Protesters, Pictures Of Fallen Agents Defaced

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Via Washington Examiner:

“Dozens of demonstrators occupied and vandalized a privately owned U.S. Border Patrol museum near El Paso, Texas, over the weekend, according to the site’s top official.

Museum director David Ham told the Washington Examiner his staff and guests worried for their safety Saturday when a group of about 50 rowdy protesters entered the facility, defaced property, and refused to leave the grounds.

“Say it loud, say it clear, Border Patrol kills!” group members standing inside and outside the facility yelled.

Security cameras set up outside the private museum captured protesters pulling into the parking lot and putting on face masks before going inside around 2:15 p.m. local time.

“That was really intimidating to our staff, plus their kind of aggressive attitude,” said the museum official, a 31-year veteran of the Border Patrol. The museum is a nonprofit and apolitical.

Ham, who was not at the museum at the time of the incident, said he got a call from an “upset” staff member.

“We have cameras, and we saw them gathering in the parking lot. We saw them come in the museum, and she had called 911. I was able to watch the cameras on my cellphone. They came in after putting masks on,” Ham told the Examiner in a phone call Monday.

“They proceeded to set up a bunch of signs and just went all over the museum. They of course had an agenda, they were chanting and singing songs, and then a couple of them got on a bullhorn,” Ham said. “We had visitors in the museum. They started talking and kind of harassing them. Of course the staff was asking them to leave, and they wouldn’t leave.”

Ham said his staff led non-protesting visitors to the back of the gift shop, so they could hide until police arrived on the scene.

The group, which calls itself Tornillo: The Occupation, livestreamed the protest. Footage showed dozens of people whose faces were covered with garments walking into the museum and fanning out through the building.

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The group’s Facebook page said its goal was “exposing the true violence of borders and border patrol” following the deaths of two Guatemalan children after being taken into custody by federal agents near the U.S.-Mexico border in separate incidents in December.

Protesters plastered dozens of images on pictures, glass, painted walls, mannequins, and vehicles throughout the building. They also posted the pictures on the faces of Border Patrol agents who died in the line of duty.

The pictures showed three children, including Jakelin Caal. The 7-year-old died hours after illegally entering the United States near Antelope Wells, N.M., and an autopsy cited sepsis, a blood condition she would have had prior to being taken into custody, as the reason for her death.

Ham said the pictures had an adhesive on the back of them that was stronger than normal tape.

“It’s very hard to remove. They [staff] tried to remove some and they tear off. We’ve got antique cars, old Border Patrol vehicles, and an aircraft. We’re kind of worried it’s going to peel the paint off,” said Ham. “I know it’s peeled the paint off some of our walls.”

UPDATE: After demanding everyone's IDs, collecting personal information, and looking for warrants and immigration…

Posted by Tornillo: The Occupation on Saturday, February 16, 2019

Ham said police are investigating the incident and an insurance adjuster will visit the museum Monday to estimate the amount of damage the group caused.

Because of the museum’s remote location on federal land, military police from Fort Bliss responded to 911 calls. Once the protesters were outside the museum, police detained everyone on site and took down their information.

“BREAKING: Military police have blockaded our people at the Border Patrol Museum after our Nonviolent action to tell the true story of violence behind borders and those who patrol them. … After demanding everyone’s IDs, collecting personal information, and looking for warrants and immigration status, the military police have let our people go from the Border Patrol Museum parking lot,” a group member wrote on Facebook.

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Posted by Tornillo: The Occupation on Saturday, February 16, 2019

The museum head has already vowed to go after the protesters who defaced the museum. In a Facebook post Sunday, he said “efforts to prosecute them will be pursued once damage is assessed.”

One of the protest organizers, Elizabeth Vega, was previously involved in demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., following the police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

Vega told El Paso television station KVIA that the museum protest “was an act of civil disobedience done because we believe there is a humanitarian crisis and human rights violations being perpetuated by a corrupt and broken immigration system.”

She denied vandalism accusations but admitted the group did plaster sticky pictures of Caal and other children on various items inside the Border Patrol museum.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests for comment.”

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VIDEO: Illegals Cross Border & Walk Past 5 Members Of Congress Unnoticed

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The congressmen were lucky they weren’t violent criminals.

The Washington Examiner is reporting:

“YUMA, Ariz. — Three women and one child recently went undetected as they illegally crossed from Mexico to Arizona through the Colorado River and walked past a group of five congressmen who had been there to see smuggling activity.

A Washington Examiner reporter was at the border during the Tuesday night incident when a group of four, who had just waded through the shallow water came up through the brush, walked up to a Border Patrol road less than a few hundred feet from the river.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., was leading a tour for four Republican congressmen — Matt Gaetz of Florida, John Joyce of Pennsylvania, Pete Stauber of Minnesota, and Dusty Johnson of South Dakota — who were seeing the southern border for the first time.

During the hourlong excursion, the group of women waded across the water and was able to stay out of sight of lawmakers due to the overgrown water plants and brush on the edge of the water.

A retired couple who lives on the other side of the dirt road that separates their home from the river and brush said they were the ones who flagged down a nearby Border Patrol agent.

“I didn’t call anybody. I was sitting in there watching TV — knocking on the door. There’s four of them here. They wanted aqua so I went and got ’em a bottle of water,” said Dennis, who did not share his last name.

“I walked ’em out here — said they need to go up there,” Dennis said, pointing to the dirt road agents use to drive up and down the border. “Said they don’t want to go up there. Then Border Patrol came.”

His wife, Barbara, said she had been walking around by the road with their three dogs when the four people approached their home.

“I’m trying to motion them, ‘No, they gotta go up here to be picked up,’ because that’s where they usually get picked up. They usually turn themselves in,” said Barbara. “They were nice and smiling and all that, but they were bound to walk to Yuma.”

The woman said the four did not speak English and she could not determine where the four people were originally from. She said maybe El Salvador, since one was wearing a hat with the country’s name on it.

A Border Patrol agent pulled up right in front of the Washington Examiner reporter and spoke with the group for a few minutes before asking them to get in the back of his pickup truck.

“So my husband walked up there — normally law enforcement’s up there. The guy happened to be right where Dennis could motion him to come here and point down the road, they were right here heading down the [other] road,” she said.

Barbara said she and her husband have lived on the border in their current house for 5 1/2 years. They said incidents like the one on Tuesday evening were normal, but that most individuals or groups who come over the river illegally just stand on the dirt road and wait for agents to find them instead of knocking on their door.

“We had four of them that went down there the other day. We had one that was higher than a kite was out here yelling at things,” Dennis said.

“In the past several months, it’s getting to be more and more,” said Barbara. “It’s pretty much like a sieve right here because all we have are vehicle barriers and the river is very shallow right here. You can just wade across.”

Dennis estimated 50 to 500 people are coming across “right there” daily.”

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VIDEO: Brian Kolfage Rolled Into Mexico Illegally To Show How Easy It Is To Cross The Border

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Brian Kolfage, Kris Kobach, and I went to Texas & New Mexico last week for border wall negotiations with landowners. We visited the border in several areas, spoke with Border Patrol agents, and scouted land for construction of the wall.

Kolfage crossed the border illegally in his wheelchair twice to show how easy it is. There were high winds during our visit and a massive dust storm in one area.

Here is Kolfage explaining the situation (The high winds affected the audio as another person shot the video with an iPhone).

Here’s the second video.

Kris Kobach is being considered by President Trump for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The position is now open as Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned.

Here are a few photos of Kolfage & Kobach.

Kris Kobach & Brian Kolfage at the border barrier (Photo by Jeff Rainforth for WBTW)

Kolfage gestures towards the border barrier (Photo by Jeff Rainforth for WBTW)

Kolfage looks down the border (Photo by Jeff Rainforth for WBTW)

Kris Kobach & Brian Kolfage at the border

Kolfage expects to begin construction on the border wall this month.

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