Militia Threatens to Block Border Traffic In Texas Rio Grande Valley
Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley report that they have word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry. The valley is located is the southernmost tip of South Texas.
The militia operation, called “Secure Our Border- Laredo,” is urging members to voluntarily guard private property near the border town along the Rio Grande, where some residents have felt threatened by drug cartels and other gangs.
“This is not a ‘go-in-guns-blazing’ kind of thing,” said group spokeswoman Denice Freeman. “This will be handled with the utmost professionalism and security and safety for everyone involved.”
Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking traffic on Sept. 20. Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said members of the group have a right to express their opinion. His is however concerned about the group's intent.
"What can we expect? I don't know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for," Villarreal said.
"I'm a 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," he said.