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Militia Groups Sporting Semi-Automatic Rifles And Camouflage Are Patrolling the Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 10 militia groups are patrolling the Texas-Mexico border despite objection from the federal government, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The newspaper obtained more than 30 photos showing the armed militia members in camouflage, tactical gear and masks.

CBP responded that 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.”

State lawmakers also expressed concern and anger.

“Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.

The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, have been recruiting members since the media began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants, mostly families and children.

New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Antonio’s Office Busy with Immigration Issues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special Agent Chris Combs has been busy since taking over the FBI’s San Antonio office in April.

Combs, who opened the San Antonio office for a media tour on Monday, covers a large area of South Texas and also works out of offices in Austin, Waco and along the border, KSAT 12 reports.

With a immigration crisis brewing at the border, the FBI has been investigating a scheme in which people masquerading as U.S. officials are asking for thousands of dollars from families to reunite with their children.

“It was a fraud, the United States government does not ask for money to bring these children back to their family members,” Combs said. “It’s hard to believe that somebody would take advantage of children and their families that have been separated to make a couple hundred bucks, so we take that very seriously and we have a nationwide investigation going now.”

Combs said his office is working closely with Border Patrol.

“We work very closely with them, as they’re in charge of protecting the border,” Combs said. “As they gather people who have come across illegally, there’s a good information flow there. If there are people they are concerned about, they contact the FBI and we work with them.”

Before coming to San Antonio, Combs was the lead agent to respond to shootings across the country.

CBP Is Hiring 2,000 New Agents Because of New 2014 Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CBP plans to hire 2,000 new agents thanks to funding provided in the 2014 budget, KTAR reports.

The hiring of agents to secure the air, land and sea ports has nothing to do with the current immigration crisis involving unaccompanied Central American children, officials said. “This was in the pipeline,” said CBP spokeswoman Theresa Small. “It has nothing to do with the influx of Central American children.”

The plan is to fill the positions by the end of fiscal year 2014 to “enhance security, help reduce wait times and facilitate growing volumes of legitimate goods and travelers that are critical to the health of our nation’s economy,” the CBP said in a press released.

For more information on the positions, visit www.cbp.gov/careers.

TSA Denies Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Board Planes without Proper ID

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A union representing Border Patrol agents charge that the TSA is allowing undocumented immigrants to board American planes without a passport or other official identification, Fox News reports.

TSA strongly denies claims that the TSA is allowing immigrants to board planes with a “Notice to Appear” in lieu of proper identification.

“This is the dream of every terrorist in the world,” Shawn Moran, vice president of the union, told Fox News. “There is no way of knowing who is on board the jetliners.”

Fox News says Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, confirmed immigrants were boarding planes without proper ID.

“TSA is letting them go around security,” the source told Judicial Watch. “No picture ID, just a slip of paper.”

The TSA says it’s not true.

“These reports are false,” the TSA said in a statement. “A Notice to Appear, issued by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), is not an acceptable form of ID at the TSA checkpoint.”

Border Patrol Agent Points Gun At Head of Boy Scout for Snapping Photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pointed a gun at the head of a Boy Scout and threatened to arrest him for snapping a picture of an agent near the Canadian border, KCCI reports.

The Iowa Boy Scout troop was on a three-week trip to Alaska when the incident happened, Troop 111 leader Jim Fox said.

Fox said the Boy Scouts were detained for about four hours while they were questioned and their van searched.

During the search, one of the Boy Scouts underwent a horrifying experience.

“He hears a snap of a holster, turns around, and here’s this agent, both hands on a loaded pistol, pointing at the young man’s head,” Fox said.

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Officials: Border Patrol Under Heavy Fire from Mexican Cartels Near Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents came under heavy fire from the Mexican side of the border Friday night, Fox News reports.

Authorities believe .50-caliber rounds were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank near Rincon Peninsula across from Reynosa, Mexico. Sources told Fox News that the gunfire likely came from Mexican drug cartels.

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were richocheting around them,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas said.

“When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

The shooting comes at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of an immigration crisis involving unaccompanied children from Central America.

Report: Obama Administration Ignored Warnings of Brewing Border Crisis

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly a year before a flood of unaccompanied children from Central America created a crisis along the border, the Obama administration was warned that the U.S. was not adequately prepared for such a situation, the Washington Post reports.

A team of Border Patrol agents was assigned to the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and was alarmed by the potential for problems.

This year, more than 57,000 Central American migrants were caught entering the U.S. illegally, and President Obama has declared a humanitarian crisis.

The administration could have better managed the problem had it acted soon, the Post found during interviews with experts and former government officials.

Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief, said the crisis was “not on anyone’s radar” and was considered a “local problem.”

US Sees Fewer Undocumented Central American Children Crossing Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border in South Texas has declined over the past 10 days, authorities said.

That’s good news for an agency that has become overwhelmed by a surge of children entering the country without their parents, Fox New reports.

Since October, federal authorities have arrested more than 57,000 undocumented children.

Border Patrol also converted a 55,000-square-foot warehouse to temporarily house up to 1,000 children.

“We arrested 80 juveniles yesterday, so within the last 10 days we’ve seen a decrease in the number of juveniles arrested,” Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector Chief Kevin Oaks

The Los Angeles Times toured the facility in McAllen, Texas, where squalid, cramped conditions were reported earlier in the month because of the immigration surge from Central America.

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