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Texas Border Volunteers - Standing Watch


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November 24, 2009
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The Southern border between Mexico and the United States continues to come under siege from narco-traffickers, human smugglers, and the highly trained paramilitary style forces that protect them. They are engaged in a multibillion dollar enterprise and the players are well funded, well organized and heavily armed. Murder, kidnappings, extortion and terror in different forms are the preferred methods of gaining and maintaining control of highly prized and lucrative routes into the US. So far this year the level of violence along the border has escalated to unprecedented levels and is spilling over onto the US side. The source of this violence emanates from Mexican cartels such as the Sinalo, Tijuana, Gulf/Los Zetas, and La Familia who are locked in mortal combat for control of the narco-empire.

From most accounts the conditions on the ground continue to deteriorate at an alarming rate. This is due in large part to the inability, or unwillingness, of the Mexican and US governments to provide the necessary resources and effective strategy.

As a result, over recent years, some citizens along the border decided to become proactive in confronting the border crisis and protecting their homes and property. These law abiding Americans had grown weary of lost livestock, destroyed fence lines, broken stock tanks, an overabundance of trash, and yes, even dead bodies.

One group that was born out of this frustration over a lack of security is the Texas Border Volunteers, Inc. (TBV). The organization's key founders are Dr. Mike and Linda Vickers in the Brooks County area; an area in South Texas that is routinely overrun by illegal aliens commonly referred to as criminal trespassers (CTs). An appropriate label as these individuals violated federal law when they crossed the border, illegally, and state law by being present on private property, illegally.

TBV is composed of a group of dedicated men and women who gather regularly in Brooks County to "observe and report" CTs, who usually are illegal aliens, and, who cross and damage ranches in that county. Volunteers are active day and night and may be found at almost any given time providing assistance to local, state or federal law enforcement agents.

TBV members speak with praise and appreciation for those law enforcement agents with whom they have contact. The Sheriff's Departments of Brooks and other South Texas counties, The US Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Troopers and Texas Rangers) are consistently lauded for their professionalism. Similarly, TBV enjoys a solid reputation with these same law enforcement elements as professionals that always perform within established operational guidelines.

TBV members profess to be neither racist nor nativist and support legal immigration. They proudly point to the fact that several members are naturalized or first generation US born citizens. Other members come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. A significant number are former military that believe service to country does not end with retirement or discharge.

Although the group uses the name of the Lone Star State in their official title, this merely represents the state where the group conducts operations. During the first 10 days of October, 2009, members traveled from Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin to assist Texans in stopping the invasion of our country. TBV reported to law enforcement 112 people who were observed trespassing. Of these, at least 57 were arrested. While these may appear to be insignificant numbers to some, it represents only one very small area, in one county, about 60 miles north of the border. If these numbers are applied as a baseline for the entire 2,000 mile border from Texas to California, it becomes easy to understand that the word "invasion" is not an overstatement.

While the volunteers operate both day and night, the majority of their work is performed in the dark. A typical night watch begins with a meeting in the late afternoon or early evening. At this briefing the plans for the coming night are discussed. These plans are based on intelligence gathered over the previous 24 hours and include which areas members will monitor. This intelligence is gleaned from sophisticated sources including high end equipment that gives real time reports of criminal activity. In addition, members have access to other technologies that contribute greatly to the mission.

After the briefing, and at the announced time, members proceed to their assigned areas of responsibility. Criminal activity may be observed at any time. Often, while en route to or from their assigned watch areas, members have reported trespassers. Once at their watch areas, members make themselves as comfortable as possible and commence what will be their primary activity for the next six to eight or more hours: monitoring trails, known to be used by human smugglers, for criminal trespassers.

When trespassers are observed, the information is relayed to "base". The operator at base then telephones an appropriate law enforcement agency that normally responds in very short order and arrests those suspected of criminal trespass.
A fact not generally recognized is that illegal aliens come from all over the world. During the last year, authorities arrested in Brooks County citizens of Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Somalia, The Ukraine and Vietnam as well as Mexico and every South and Central American nation. TBV assisted by reporting citizens of some of these countries as criminal trespassers.

The Texas Border Volunteers maintain a website www.texasbordervolunteers.org where additional information, including membership information, may be obtained.
 

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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 11, 2011 12:53pm
 
Comments on this blog are now closed.

 
really concerned  
san antonio  
January 11, 2011 12:42pm
 
elaine why wont you close this dont you know people all over read these comments these comments are completly out of line and alvin and the rest should be banned from this forum i am calling the express news to let them know ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 11, 2011 11:43am
 
Elaine keeps deleting my very rational reasonable response - I can only speculate that she feels guilty herself for letting down her readers by rolling in the mud with the Tea Party

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
January 11, 2011 10:10am
 
"Brought his M16 to the Target Gifford for removal event. " And where is your evidence to support this salacious allegation? Do have even a scrap of evidence that he even knew about the event? ..... No, I didn't ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 11, 2011 9:57am
 
At least that when that nine year old baby died we can all sleep better knowing there is one less healthcare supporter out there. Kudos to the murderer??? He reloaded. He just followed the advice and targeted Giffords. He ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
January 11, 2011 9:54am
 
"He was a truther and believed in the new world order conspiracy" And exactly where is the connection to the TEA party? He was more into dreams and grammar conspiracies than politics. Sorry there Alvin, but, ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 11, 2011 9:01am
 
He was a truther and believed in the new world order conspiracy: Just like our old conservative Tea Party friend Becky used to spout off about. You Nut jobs own this murder. Dont retreat from it- do like 4th and reload: ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
January 11, 2011 8:58am
 
Not sure who's the biggest loon...you Alvin or the nut basket case in Arizona! Big waste of time responding to you...but, your responses always leave me scratching my head and wishing I was a very dedicated and talented shrink ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
January 11, 2011 7:31am
 
So, Alvin, are you ready to apologize to all us conservatives and TEA party members yet? It has been well established now by the media that the Arizona lunatic had no ties to the TEA party or any political group. By all accounts ... More ›

 
Alvin Charmaine  
January 10, 2011 5:33pm
 
I read it. You think the murder has an upside, your a sick pig. Not much analysis needs to be done on your sicko comment. Its fools like you ....

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