Border Tensions Rise With Possibility of 'Armed Civilians' Confronting Caravan
Fox News' Edmund DeMarche reports:
The Associated Press reported that these civilians say they intend to support the National Guard and Border Patrol to prevent the illegal migrants from crossing into the U.S.
But some see the move as a negative, arguing that the armed civilians' presence would add even more tension should there be a confrontation.
Militia members and volunteers patrolling the border is a practice that has been in place for decades. Usually, the civilians patrol the border and look out for illegal border crossers. Once they spot a trespasser, the civilians usually contact the Border Patrol to apprehend them. (The Border Patrol is the law enforcement branch of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.)
This practice has not been without problems. In 2009, a militia member Shawna Forde killed two U.S. citizens, Raul and Brisenia Flores, during a raid on what she thought was a drug house near the border in Arizona.
One South Texas resident expressed hope that the apprehension of illegal border crossers would be left solely to the authorities, saying "The idea that we could be invaded not by illegal immigrants but by militia groups … is regrettable, and it will end badly."