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Militia Groups Plan to Head to the US-Mexico Border to Stop the Migrant Caravan
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=46077"><span class="small">Luke Barnes, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Saturday, 27 October 2018 13:54

Barnes writes: "Militia groups and far-right activists are gearing up to head to the Mexican border to try to stop a migrant caravan from entering the United States, as conservatives and the far-right escalate their warnings about the supposed dangers it poses."

Minutemen militia members. (photo: Yahoo!)
Minutemen militia members. (photo: Yahoo!)

Militia Groups Plan to Head to the US-Mexico Border to Stop the Migrant Caravan

By Luke Barnes, ThinkProgress

27 October 18

This is despite the caravan still being over 1,000 miles away.

ilitia groups and far-right activists are gearing up to head to the Mexican border to try to stop a migrant caravan from entering the United States, as conservatives and the far-right escalate their warnings about the supposed dangers it poses.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Border Patrol warned landowners in Texas that they could expect “possible armed civilians” on their property because of the news about the caravan. The exact details of when and where the militia would deploy are unclear, but one militia leader told the Associated Press that they would have upwards of 100 members guarding the Mexico-Texas border.

“They’re just laughing in our face,” Shannon McGauley, president of the Texas Minutemen, said. “It’s a free-for-all in America.” Another militia supporter, Monica Marin, from Oregon, said that she raised around $4,000 online to help militias with supplies and equipment.

“I see young, fighting-age men who do not look like they’re starving. They look like they’re ready to fight,” Marin told the AP.  “We’re trained. [But] we’re not hotheads. We’re not out there to shoot people.”

Militia members, as well as other far-right activists and “patriot” groups, have pounced on the Trump administration’s rhetoric about the caravan, including that it might be funded by George Soros and include ISIS terrorists. Naturally there is no actual evidence to back this up, and misinformation about the caravan is rife online.

According to one senior administration official who spoke to the Daily Beast however, the Trump administration is aware of its own mistruths, but it doesn’t matter as long as it drums up Republican support in time for the midterms.

The misinformation floating around about the scope of the migrant caravan has also led to additional false reports about those setting out to “secure the border.”

For example, the pro-Trump sections of Facebook are awash with fake news about how — in addition to the militias — bikers are also heading to Texas to help secure the border, a fake story parts of the pro-Trump internet have repeatedly fallen for.

However, not everyone on the border is thrilled by the prospect of militias heading through their towns. As Arizona Family reports, the town of Arivaca has put up signs saying that militias are not welcome their because, in the words of one resident “they’re posting all kinds of falsehood.”

According to the AP more than 1,700 members of the caravan had already applied for refugee status in Mexico, but thousands more remain determined to head to the U.S. border. Whether they arrive or not is another issue — of the 4,000 migrants who headed to the Tijuana/San Diego crossing earlier this year, only 200 reached the U.S. border.

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+5 # BetaTheta 2018-10-27 20:16
Just when you think that Trump's core supporters can't get any stupider, meaner, and more gullible - they do, and hit a new low. Sorry if that sounds "elitist," but it's just the reaction of any person of normal intelligence and basic decency.
+3 # WBoardman 2018-10-27 20:30
The caravan is more than 1,000 miles
from the US border's nearest point.
+2 # janie1893 2018-10-28 00:06
I hope that caravan doesn't reach the border until after November 6. I have to believe Americans will vote and that they will vote to elect sane people to the government.
+2 # Texas Aggie 2018-10-28 07:46
Yesterday I read a report by a Mexican journalist who is embedded in the caravan that stated the majority of them are evangelicals because they were converted by American missionaries to Central America and now want to come to what their pastors describe as paradise. The irony is remarkable that the people who wet their undies about the "invaders" are the very people who claim to be their coreligionists.

This needs to be confirmed and then spread far and wide to let the fake chrisitianists know exactly what they are doing.
0 # hectormaria 2018-10-29 13:42
The want-to-be-dict ator Trump's message to nationalists: Set aside bombing Dem leaders and killing Jews, concentrate all your energies on stopping the caravan of immigrants trying to escape their countries' violence at all costs. Isn't it "funny" that, historically, this country has sent missionaries to convert native Latin Americans to Christianity and now deny them entry to this supposedly Christian nation- NIMBY?
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-10-28 09:46
What could represent US ideals of freedom, compassion & generosity better than a bunch of jumped-up immature would-be mercenaries pounding their chests & slapping the butts of the M-15s they want to point at legal refugees?
+1 # DongiC 2018-10-28 19:02
The deplorables, armed with heavy weapons, are heading toward the border where they will defend America from invasion by young mothers carrying very young children. Everyone should feel much safer now that the Trumpistas are on the battle lines. One never knows what dirty tricks those Honduran women can perform. Trump seems to be afraid of them.
0 # laborequalswealth 2018-10-29 10:30
In a nation of pathetic losers, this is really the crowning glory of pathetic losers.

A bunch of coddled white men on $25K motorbikes "protecting us" from impoverished peasants.

Amazing how the plutocracy and the stink-tanks have flooded the country with propaganda to convince Americans that their woes are due to the LEAST powerful people in the world instead of the MOST powerful.