- The convoy is heading to the southern border to prevent migrants from entering the United States.
- The group's leader described their tactics as “local internal defense.”
- It is not clear what the group plans to do once they reach the border.
A caravan of hundreds of people plans to head to the Texas border to prevent migrants from crossing into the country from Mexico.
The group called “Restore Our Borders” also Organization on Telegram She now has more than 1,600 followers.
One of the group's organizers described them as ““God's army” In a planning call, according to the deputy.
“This is a tremendous biblical moment that God has put together,” one of the organizers told each representative.
Another said: “We are surrounded on all sides by dark forces of evil.”
They said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. But the time is when the rest will arise.”
Pete Chambers, the lieutenant colonel organizing the group, claimed he was a Green Beret. He explained the group's plans while Talk to conspirator Alex Jones On his Infowars show on Thursday.
“That's what the Green Berets do,” Chambers said. “Unconventional warfare is our bread and butter. Now we do homeland defense.”
“What gets us to the enemy quickly is discovery, repair, termination, exploitation, analysis, and dissemination,” Chambers said, referring to the military operation. “This is what we did in Syria when we eliminated ISIS very quickly.”
He said the group would work with members sympathetic to law enforcement, whom he described as “constitutionally sound.”
The caravan is scheduled to begin Monday, starting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and will hold three rallies in San Ysidro, California, Yuma, Arizona, and Eagle Pass, Texas on February 3.
The group has subgroups on Telegram for drivers and passengers in those three states to coordinate trips.
The website describes the event as a “peaceful gathering” inviting all “law-abiding, freedom-loving Americans.”
Wired published an article describing the group as “Armed convoy” The group later wrote in a telegram: “We are not calling to arms. A call to deal with anyone who crosses the border. We are here to peacefully protest under the First Amendment right and prayer!”
The group said one of its goals is to immediately stop illegal immigration and close borders.
It is not clear how the group plans to confront migrants at the border and prevent them from entering.
Texas National Guard troops In confrontation with the federal government After they stretched barbed wire in a park on the banks of the Rio Grande, where migrants often cross.
Chambers described those forces as “holding the line” and said his convoy would head to an area about 30 miles away.
Rep. Keith Self, a Republican from Texas, said Supports the convoy.
Tensions over immigration are rising, and the issue seems likely to be a major issue in the presidential election later this year.
Immigration levels have reached record levels, US officials say 300,000 people He tried to cross the border in December.