“Take Our Border Back” Convoy Reaches Destination in 3 States, Highlights Biden’s Border Crisis

2024-02-06 06:00:19

I recently reported that American truckers organized a huge convoy heading to the southern border to protest the Biden administration’s complete lack of border control. The routes ended at Eagle Pass, TX, Yuma, AZ, and San Ysidro in southern California.

While short of the 700,000 goal, hundreds of protesters gathered for rallies in three border states when the convoys reached their final destinations.

“This is a national security crisis,” organizer Scotty Saks told a crowd of about 200 in San Ysidro, Calif., at the first of three “Take Our Border Back” demonstrations in the Golden State, Arizona and Texas.

“We have a human trafficking problem on the border in proportions that we’ve never imagined,” he said.

“The United States is the largest sponsor of human trafficking, and that’s not something we’re proud of.”

In Texas, rallygoers at the Cornerstone Children’s Ranch in Quemado waved American flags and banners supporting former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign.

About 300 vehicles — from 18-wheelers and buses to motorcycles — had joined the “Take Our Border Back Convoy” by the time it reached the Texas site late Friday, the Kinney County sheriff told NewsNation.

Hundreds more cars arrived on Saturday, lining the rural roads outside the ranch.

Though there did not appear to be any evidence of January 6th-style law enforcement, there was one threat the FBI deemed worthy of concern.

While Saturday’s rally proceeded peacefully, the FBI identified a threat to a migrant processing center in Eagle Pass, leading U.S. border officials to evacuate it in recent days, two sources familiar with the matter said, requesting anonymity to discuss internal information.

“Any threat like that is a significant concern,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official told Reuters.

The agency was able to relocate the migrants with relative ease since border apprehensions have fallen sharply in the area over the past month, the official said.

The FBI declined to comment, referring the matter to CBP.

Granted, very faithful Americans concerned about the state of the nation turned out for the event. But mainly, the focus was on national security and a border surge that now seems like an invastion.

“This is our last call to Make America Great Again. We need to shut our borders down,” [Yuma resident Carl Richard] Kaiser said. “(President Joe) Biden is letting people come into our country. He’s giving them money and he’s giving them bus rides to wherever they want to go and I think we need to take care of our own people first.”

Inside the venue, Jodi Kernkamp of Yuma held a sign that read “We want our border, freedoms and country back. God Bless USA.”

“We’re here to rally for our rights, our freedoms and our beliefs,” Kernkamp said, adding that she believes more needs to be done by local officials and law enforcement.

“It’s just ridiculous,” she said. “They’ve let it go for so long and they’ve done the minimal effort required and that’s not okay.”

Barry Brummett told KAWC he drove down from Goodyear when he heard about the TOBB rally. He held a sign that read “The USA is full! Secure our border”

This was how The Washington Post decided to report on the convoy:

A motley crew is gathering here this weekend: militia-style groups invoking 1776 and the Civil War. Christian nationalists praying for the chance to confront evil. Racists stoking fear about the “replacement” of White people. Election deniers, anti-vaccination crusaders, conspiracy theorists.

And, at the center, a prominent Republican figure whose fiery rhetoric acts as a magnet.

Right-wing extremists are dusting off the blueprint for the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol and using it to rally support for their cause du jour: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s showdown with the federal government over border enforcement. Monitoring groups warn that Abbott’s posturing, like Trump’s “Stop the Steal” effort, heightens the risk of political violence as supporters converge on Eagle Pass, a frontier outpost of 28,000.

I think Texas Gov. Greg Abbott should direct the next bus to the doors of The Washington Post.


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