An activist who is rallying a Bundy Ranch-style militia to the Texas border to address the ongoing crisis there reportedly released a YouTube video in which he said those crossing illegally would be warned: “Get back across the border or you will be shot.”
Operation Secure Our Border, with its own Facebook page, is being organized by members of the “Patriot” movement along with Oathkeepers and Three-Percenters, according to the San Antonio Express News. Those are some of the same militia groups that came to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s defense earlier this year.
The Express News and The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, both reported on a YouTube video featuring Chris Davis, who has been identified as the commander of the militia, in which he apparently explained how the border would be secured.
“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,'” Davis said in the video, according to the reports.
The video has since been taken down, Davis told the Express News, because it had been “taken out of context.”
The militia is being organized via social media, email chains and a phone hotline, according to the newspaper. They plan to head to the border in a few weeks, according to Davis, when they have “enough trained manpower.” He wasn’t specific about what that meant, according to the Express News, and the Facebook page has less than 200 likes.
Law enforcement, for their part, don’t seem interested in the help that the militia purports to provide.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Express News it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”
“We don’t need their services on our border,” a Texas county sheriff told the Monitor.