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Posted: Jul 18, 2014 6:51 PM

Updated: Jul 18, 2014 7:01 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - Some landowners say they will not welcome a civilian militia onto their lands.

The landowners said the Minutemen militia will bring only problems to the region.

State law enforcement officials confirmed the presence of the militia in the region.

The group was initially trying to set up camp earlier this week near the international bridge in Pharr. They left after property owners said they didn't want them on their land.

Authorities say the group headed west, but there is no word of where they set up their camp.

Napoleon Garza owns land in the Rincon area, south of Granjeno.

"They're dangerous. Those people, we don't want them here," Garza said.

"Border Patrol and all these departments, they're doing their job. We're happy about that," he said.

Garza said he is concerned about possible incidents that may stem from the militia's presence in the region.

"I don't care what they say ... that they're trained," Garza said.

"They're going to get into trouble, especially along the river. They don't know what's really going on and they're going to stick their nose where it doesn't belong. A shootout is going to erupt or something. Something is going to happen," Garza said.

"We, as taxpayers, have the Border Patrol and our local game wardens, our local law enforcement officers," Garza said.

Customs and Border Protection officials issued a statement saying that the agency doesn't endorse or support any private group or organization getting involved in law-enforcement matters. They said that could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences.

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