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Texas Ranchers Form Border Militia – Smugglers Threaten To ‘Chop Them To Pieces’

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Citizens are being forced to form their own militias to keep their families safe on the border.

Via the New York Post:

“For Mike Vickers, not much has changed here since 1823, the year a group of frontier lawmen formed the Texas Rangers to protect settlers and their land.

“We’re still dealing with the bad guys from Mexico,” Vickers, 69, told The Post, referring to smugglers who traffic in drugs and migrants. “This is a war.”

Dressed in a cowboy hat, tan cargo pants and weathered boots, Vickers, a veterinarian, runs Las Palmas Animal Hospital, but he’s also chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, a 300-strong militia helping thinly spread Customs and Border Patrol agents cover more than a million acres of private land throughout the state’s border counties.

Mike Vickers, Chairman of the Texas Border Volunteers, Inc (Photo: Angel Chevrestt)

Thirty Volunteers armed to the teeth patrol the hundreds of thousands of acres of ranchland near this city of nearly 5,000. And they are expecting an influx of smugglers this weekend.

“We always have big traffic at Easter,” he said. “It’s a big smuggling week for us.”

The land, cut by mesquite and cactus, lies nearly 90 miles from the Mexican border but only 4.5 miles from a US Border Patrol checkpoint.

Traffickers want to avoid this interior checkpoint — located on the only highway in this part of the state — so vehicles crammed with drugs or migrants from Central America and even China drop off the migrants and smugglers south of the checkpoint.

Smugglers and their human cargo jump fences onto private ranches to traverse the vast expanses on foot.

The mesquite canopy is ideal cover, allowing them to hide from drones and National Guard helicopters that patrol the area.

Mike Vickers’ electric fence around his property. (Photo: Angel Chevrestt)

“You never know what’s under that next tree,” said Vickers, whose 1,000-acre spread is one of the area’s smaller ranches.

The mission is dangerous for the Volunteers, and the journey is deadly for the migrants.

There is an emergency call station in the middle of one ranch where migrants can summon the Border Patrol for help, Vickers said. The call station has messages in Spanish and Mandarin, as well as a tank with jugs of water.

“We always investigate a buzzard or a bad smell,” Vickers said, adding that since it began patrolling in 1988, his group has found more than 100 bodies of migrants who died crossing the terrain.

The modern-day posse, made up mostly of retired military, dress in camo fatigues and begin their patrols at dusk using night-vision goggles that are more sophisticated than those used by Border Patrol, Vickers said.

They conceal their weapons “out of respect for law enforcement,” Vickers said. Vickers carries a rifle in his SUV, and two .380-caliber handguns in the pockets of his shirt and pants.

He also keeps a .45 Long Colt Taurus called “The Judge” under the driver’s seat of his Suburban. His wife, he said, carries a smaller model known as “The Public Defender.”

“The tough women stay,” he told The Post.

“The weak and timid ones leave. I’m married to a tough one, and we’ve been together for 23 years.”

Despite their weapons, Vickers claims the Volunteers have never fired a shot and try not to confront migrants. When they come upon a group, they radio nearby Border Patrol officers, he said.

The militia works in tandem with the Border Patrol and local law enforcement. If they find a group of smugglers or migrants, they wait until the feds or a deputy from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office arrives on the scene.
Sometimes they see the same smugglers over and over again, said Elias Pompa, a deputy, who patrols the county and relies on the intelligence-gathering of the Volunteers to help him patrol more than 1,000 square miles.

“They just keep doing the same thing over and over again,” he told The Post. He said they arrest the smugglers and hand them over to the Border Patrol.

After smugglers serve out their time in prison, they are deported, although many keep returning to do the same thing, he said.

Many ranchers left after traffickers torched their homes or painted death threats on their property. One rancher saw two homes burned down, Vickers said.

To protect his own ranch, Vickers, who supports President Trump’s proposed border wall, has installed his own barrier — a 220-volt electrified fence.

Migrants have still tried to dig under it.

“I put it up years ago to protect my daughters when they got to high school and started to come home late after cheerleading or sports practice,” he said.

“Sometimes there would be strange people waiting by the gate asking my daughters for a ride,” Vickers said.
“I wasn’t about to take any chances.”

Even if Trump’s wall gets built, Vickers said he will continue to do his part to defend private land.

Rusty Monsees (Photo: Angel Chevrestt)

Nearly 200 miles away in Brownsville, Texas, Rusty Monsees is also prepared to protect his own land, although the federal government installed a border barrier nearby a decade ago.

The 71-year-old ex-cop owns 21 acres in the Rio Grande Valley, where a 60-mile fence built during the Obama administration bisects part of his property. He carries a rifle in his truck and says he has his own group of volunteer landowners who patrol ranches and alert Border Patrol agents to suspicious activity.

“It’s not an influx we have; it’s an invasion,” he told The Post.

Monsees claims the current rust-colored fence, conceived in the final Bush administration, is ineffective.

At 18 feet, it’s not high enough to keep anyone out, and the rough surface allows for easy climbing, he said. There are also 35 large gaps.

The Department of Homeland Security said it is plugging the holes with automatic gates.

“You have to build a fence that actually stops people from coming in,” he said.

One day last week, Monsees said, he and a neighbor watched Border Patrol agents round up dozens of migrants. “We saw them fill 12 busloads in a three-hour period,” he said.

Vickers also came across a large group on a patrol Wednesday night.

“We had quite the show,” he said, recalling that his unit came across more than 30 migrants — many Asian — and reported them to Border Patrol, who detained 17.

“The rest got away,” he said.

The Volunteers received a warning from one of the smugglers, who monitor their radio communications.

“He said in Spanish, ‘I’m going to hunt you down and chop you into a thousand pieces with my machete,’” Vickers said with a hearty laugh. “We’re staying and fighting. We’re never giving up.”

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VIDEO: First Anniversary Of Our Border Wall Build In Sunland Park, New Mexico

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Memorial Day weekend marked the one year anniversary of the construction of our first border wall project in Sunland Park, New Mexico. The saga began late in 2018 when the founder of We Build the Wall, triple-amputee vet Brian Kolfage, started a GoFundMe account & asked the American people to pitch in to build the wall on our southern border. Within three days of starting the GoFundMe, Kolfage had raised $9 million & his project attracted media attention nationwide. After 25 days, Kolfage had raised $20 million from 337,518 patriotic Americans.

The original plan was to donate funds raised to the government & have the money earmarked for border wall construction. When it became clear that the government would not appropriate the funds for a border wall, Kolfage formed a non-profit designed to fund construction of the wall on private property.

Members of the We Build the Wall team grew to include notable public figures such as: Steve Bannon, Joy Villa, Tom Tancredo, Curt Schilling, Kris Kobach, Sheriff David Clarke, Brandon Darby, Erik Prince, Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza, Angel Dad Steve Ronnebeck, and Brigadier General Dr. Robert S. Spalding III.

After months of scouting possible locations for the first section of wall in the border states, Kolfage, Kris Kobach, and I took a trip to Sunland Park, New Mexico in April. The owner & and co-owner of American Eagle Brick Company, George Cudahy & Jeff Allen, agreed to have a section of wall built on their property which sits on the Rio Grande River. Construction would begin a month later.

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On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Foreman Mike and I were on-site. Mike would oversee the construction of the wall & make sure there was no money wasted, and I was sent to document the construction of the wall from start to finish. Fisher Industries was contracted to build the wall, and CEO Tommy Fisher directed day-to-day operations. That Saturday, heavy equipment operators began clearing the land & reducing parts of the mountain the wall would go up.

In the video below, you can hear Foreman Mike directing the operator of a 40-ton CAT 825K how to get unstuck in the difficult terrain.

This is from the first night we were on site for the construction of Airman Kolfage's border wall. May 18th. The terrain was so rough a 40-ton CAT 825K compactor got stuck & had to "duck walk" up the mountain. You can hear Foreman Mike barking orders to the operator. Everyone cheered when it made it up the hill. I have about a thousand videos of wall construction so I'll be pumping them out as fast as I can. I'll try to keep to chronological order. Donate for our next sections of wall here & tell 'em Photographer Jeff sent you! Thanks for all your support from We Build the Wall! https://www.gofundme.com/f/thetrumpwall

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Sunday, June 30, 2019

On Monday, May 20th, transformation of the mountain began in earnest. We faced high temperatures & dust storms which made it difficult to progress, but the Fisher team did an outstanding job despite the unforgiving elements. The video below shows a dust storm that enveloped the mountain that Monday.

This is from May 20th, second day of construction on Airman Kolfage's border wall. Huge dust storm as I hiked around the mountain with temps in the 90s. Warning: Colorful language! There were several days where all the surrounding mountains were blocked by these massive storms. Glad I had my shemaghs & desert goggles on! Follow me at Jeff Rainforth & never miss a vid. Lots more of the wall construction coming! https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Fisher crews clearing the land on May 20th, 2019 – Photo: Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

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Fisher crews have a team meeting on May 20th, 2019. The Rio Grande is in the background – Photo: Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

A CAT 10 reducing the top of the mountain on May 22nd, 2019 – Photo: Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

On Friday, May 24th, the first section of bollard wall was placed.

First section of bollard wall about to be placed – Photo: Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

In this video is Tommy Fisher of Fisher Industries placing the first section of our bollard wall on May 24th, 2019. Over Memorial Day weekend, Fisher’s crews worked 3 days & nights to get a major portion of the wall up while city officials were off for the holiday. This was done on purpose as the project had been a secret until then. We knew liberal politicians would try to stop us. They served us with a cease-and-desist order after they realized what we were doing. We threatened to sue the city of Sunland Park, NM. and a day & half later we were back in business.

Placing 1st Bollard Section Of Border Wall On Memorial Weekend

This is Tommy Fisher of Fisher Industries placing the first section of our bollard wall on May 24th, 2019. Over Memorial Day weekend, Fisher's crews worked 3 days & nights to get a major portion of the wall up while city officials were off for the holiday. This was done on purpose as the project had been a secret until then. We knew liberal politicians would try to stop us. They served us with a cease-and-desist order after they realized what we were doing. We threatened to sue the city of Sunland Park, NM. and a day & half later we were back in business. Site of our (We Build the Wall's) first border wall project.

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

I shot the video below on Memorial Day last year (Monday, May 27th), three days after we placed the first bollard sections. Fisher’s crews worked through the night & placed more sections after this.

Memorial Day 2019 – Our First Border Wall Project

This was Memorial Day last year (Monday, May 27th). We started placing the bollard wall sections on Friday, May 24th. Fisher's crews worked through the night & placed more sections after this. Sunland Park, NM. Site of our (We Build the Wall's) first border wall project. Post 1 of 3.

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Another shot from Memorial Day last year. This is the middle staging area on the mountain.

Memorial Day 2019 – Staging Area For Our 1st Border Wall

Another shot from Memorial Day last year (Monday, May 27th). We started placing the bollard wall sections on Friday, May 24th. This is the middle staging area on the mountain. Sunland Park, NM. Site of our (We Build the Wall's) first border wall project. Post 2 of 3.

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This is a night shot from Memorial Day last year. Fisher crews worked from sunup till past midnight to get a major portion of the border wall in the ground in 3 days.

Memorial Day 2019 – Building Our Border Wall At Night

This is a night shot from Memorial Day last year (Monday, May 27th). Fisher crews worked from sunup til past midnight to get a major portion of the border wall in the ground in 3 days. Sunland Park, NM. Site of our (We Build the Wall's) first border wall project. Post 3 of 3.

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

On June 2nd, 2019, the final bollard section was placed at the top of the mountain. The wall also employs motion sensors that reach 40 feet into Mexico and 40 feet into the U.S. A video surveillance system runs 24/7, and Border Patrol agents have access to all of the data. A concrete speedway was constructed so Border Patrol agents can quickly get to the top of the wall if anyone tries to illegally enter the U.S. or smuggle in drugs. The video montage below shows the progress of our first border wall project from start to finish. To date, no one has gotten over the wall.

And finally, Foreman Mike gives an update on the completed wall. A big thanks to him for enduring grueling work weeks and up to 16 hour days on the mountain.

We’d like to thank the American people for making this project possible, and those of the WBTW team (Amanda Shea, Dustin Stockton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Tiffiny Ruegner) who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen.

As of today, our second border wall project, 3.5 miles on the Rio Grande River in Mission, Texas is complete thanks to Fisher Industries, and we’re onto projects 3 & 4 which we hope to start as soon as the Covid-19 lockdown are relaxed enough.

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Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.

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Border City Across From El Paso Records Biggest One-Day Spike In COVID-19 Fatalities

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It’s a good thing President Trump has clamped down on green card holders entering the country. If the situation worsens in Mexico, he may need to cut off all legal migration for a while in order to keep Americans safe.

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Juarez recorded its largest one-day spike in COVID-19 fatalities with eight, health authorities reported Friday. That brings the total number of deaths to 42 in this Mexican border city where health officials say the worst is not over.

“We know there will be an increased number of cases in the next weeks,” said Dr. Arturo Valenzuela, head of the Chihuahua state Health Department in Juarez.

Most of the new fatalities are taking place inside clinic 66 of the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute), where a large number of the sick are hospitalized, some of them on ventilators.

In addition, the crisis is taking its toll on medical workers and hospital capacity. Eighteen doctors, nurses and other health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, including 12 in Juarez, Valenzuela said.

Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, has struggled to get its residents to comply with a stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines issued last month. On Thursday, Border Report spotted a dozen people outside an ATM machine not observing social distancing and half not wearing face masks, which are now required.

El Paso health officials, who are dealing with a crisis of their own, say they are closely monitoring developments in Juarez due to cross-border interaction. A Paso del Norte Health Foundation survey found that more than 60 percent of the residents of one city have relatives living in the other, and that visiting relatives is the main reason for crossing the border in this region.

As of Friday morning, the state of Chihuahua was reporting 271 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 188 of those in Juarez. The state that borders both Texas and New Mexico had recorded 49 fatalities, 42 of those in Juarez.

On Thursday evening, the El Paso Department of Public Health reported 29 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county’s total number to 674, including 10 deaths. El Paso County had 33 patients hospitalized, and 21 of those were in intensive care, the department reported.

Residents in El Paso County will now be required to wear face masks or cloth coverings when out in public, El Paso’s mayor and county judge said Thursday afternoon.

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc. Follow Jeff on Facebook for live border videos & coverage.

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