You know all those right-wing hatriot militias who threatened to block bridges along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on September 20 to protest illegal border crossings?
Bands of these supposedly “well-regulated” groups — with names like “Secure Our border – Laredo” the Oathkeepers, the Three Percenters and the American Patriots — were loaded for coyote, and raucously recruiting “volunteers” to “help protect” folks from drug cartels, gang members, and undocumented immigrants. Never mind that people crossing our border illegally probably don’t bother with the bridges…
Activist Barbie Rogers told Fox Rio 2 it would be a “peaceful protest.” Hopefully she meant the border bridge blocking protesters planned on leaving all those assault rifles at home.
“It is a peaceful protest, it has nothing to do with the militia, we’re going to pull up 200 feet away from the ports of entry, and they are going to get out of their cars and close the ports down. No traffic will be coming in or out.”
Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villareal — along with other local, state, and federal officials along the border — were feeling nervous about all those traffic jams and their effects on border economies, not to mention the potential for violence. Villareal told KRGV Channel 5:
“I’m not going to lie to you; it’s going to make us nervous. We’re not used to seeing firearms being openly displayed.”
Luckily for everyone involved, the conservative rag Breitbart reports only five of these would-be border bridge blockaders actually showed up at a port of entry in Pharr, Texas. One organizer told Breitbart all those brave “patriots” chickened out after receiving threats from a drug cartel.
The border bridge blockade that wasn’t.
Fox Rio 2 reports on the border bridge blockade that never happened.