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The Joint Force Land Component Commander Threat Working Group reads an intelligence assessment for the Pentagon:
“Reported incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments. They operate under the guise of citizen patrols supporting CBP [Customs and Border Protection] primarily between POEs [Points of Entry].”
The documents analyze four points of entry including one in Brownsville, Texas, and another in the San Ysidro district of San Diego, Calif.
The assessment jibes with media reports that militia members are already heading for the border, the Washington Post reports. They include the Texas Minutemen, who apparently have 100 armed volunteers going to the Rio Grande. Shannon McGauley, who leads the group, says:
“I can’t put a number on it. My phone’s been ringing nonstop for the last seven days.”
Meanwhile, members of another wacky group—the Patriots of the Constitution militia—arrived last week in Columbus, New Mexico, per the Albuquerque Journal. Yet the military planners expect the migrant caravan to reduce in size and contain “no terrorist infiltration,” per the documents.
They also say the migrants could trigger a “balloon effect” on smuggling if traffickers take advantage of the diversion.