Border Patrol Issues Warning About Private Militias

By  KJZZ News
August 18, 2014

The U.S. Border Patrol is circulating an issue paper warning agents about private militias patrolling the Mexican border.

Concerns were raised after a recent incident in Mission, Texas, in which armed men in fatigues showed up while agents were rounding up immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande.

The Border Patrol says agents assumed the men were part of a Texas Department of Public Safety tactical unit. They later learned the men belonged to the Texas Militia, whose members dress like a SWAT team and carry weapons, but have no law-enforcement training or authority of any kind.

The incident ended peacefully, but officials say it’s easy to imagine a deadlier outcome as the armed militias patrol the border, searching for people entering illegally.

Updated 8/18/14 at 11:22 a.m.