Groups of armed civilians and well-known border guards heed the call in President Donald Trump's warnings about threats to security ahead of the arrival of the migrant caravan seeking asylum in the United States, the Washington Post reported.
"We will observe and inform, and offer help in any way we can," said Shannon McGauley, a bail bond agent in suburban Dallas who serves as president of the Minutemen group in Texas, who is preparing to leave for the Rio Grande in next days.
"We have already proved ourselves, and we will do it again," he added.
The Washington Post notes that groups flock to the border with refrigerators and tents, as well as preparing their rifles and unmanned planes, with plans to form their own caravans to defend the US border.
McGauley and others have responded to the call of the US president to restore order and defend the country against what Trump has called an invasion, while thousands of Central American migrants move slowly through southern Mexico to the US border. UU
Trump has insisted that strangers from the Middle East, very tough fighters and a large number of violent criminals travel between women, children and families who are heading north on foot.
The group known as the Minutemen of Texas, according to McGauley, has about a hundred volunteers on the way to the Rio Grande who seek to help stop migrants from crossing the border irregularly, the Post said. "I can not give you a number," the president of the organization told the newspaper.
"My phone has been ringing nonstop for the past seven days. You have other militias, and husbands and wives, people who come from Oregon, Indiana. We even have two from Canada, "he said.
Also, when asked if his group planned to deploy with weapons, the leader responded with a smile. "This is Texas, man."
As migrant caravans head north, Texas landowners worry that more intruders will be walking on their property, but they claim that the coming militias also pose a threat and do not want them nearby. Shannon McGauley, president of the Minutemen of Texas says that in addition to weapons and camping equipment, his group has night vision goggles and drones with thermal detection equipment, capable of operating in the dark. He claims that the group would inform the authorities of any suspicious activity and pay attention to the instructions of Border Patrol agents or military personnel.
According to military planning documents obtained by Newsweek, warnings were issued to Army commanders in the event that members of unregulated civilian militias in support of the Border Patrol are presented.
"We do not need fanatical people. We do not need anyone here with weapons. Why do they have weapons? I have dealt with illegals for 30 years, and they have all been afraid, asking for help. "
Joe Metz, 80, of Texas when referring to civilian militias.