Posted: Jul 8, 2014 9:45 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 10:41 PM
VON ORMY - Members of a militia say they are preparing a military style operation to help secure the Texas border with Mexico.
The group is organizing in Van Ormy, just south of San Antonio.
The militia's commander, Chris Davis, spoke with CHANNEL 5 NEWS.
"We are here to assist law enforcement due to various reasons. One (reason is the) cost in overtime and stuff for Border Patrol and all these extra agents that are being sent down there. Two, they lack the manpower to seal the border effectively," Davis said.
The group is calling itself the "Secure Our Border Laredo Sector." Militia leaders will not say how many members they have or where exactly they plan to deploy. They said they are recruiting new members from around the country.
"Everybody that comes down gets vetted. They go through a background check to make sure that everybody is clean, not a felon. Also to make sure that we don't have loonies, so to speak, come down here," Davis said.
Davis said the group has security concerns because of potential cartel and drug gang retaliation.
"They're going to do everything they can to quell an operation like this. The only reason why they don't mess with law enforcement is because it will start an international incident," Davis said.
Davis said the group does not plan to intimidate the immigrants they encounter.
"We're not here to cause discontent or hate in any measure. We are going to treat the innocent immigrants with all due humanitarian respect," he said.
The militia does not have the confidence of the Border Patrol, which said private groups enforcing border security could have disastrous consequences.