Texas Border Militia Leader Posts Video, Stirs Trouble
The leader of an armed militia mobilizing to deploy along the Southwest border has drawn criticism for a YouTube video in which he appears to advise members to confront and intimidate those caught crossing the border illegally.
“You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot,’” Chris Davis says in the 21-minute video posted on his YouTube channel.
After the McAllen Monitor wrote about the video Friday, Davis removed it. He plans to go on Fox News on Monday night to clarify his message and his group’s intentions.
“We’re here to supplement and be where law enforcement is not and help them support the border,” Davis told the Los Angeles Times on Monday. “There’s nothing malicious, there’s no malicious intent — every person is vetted. We’re just here to serve freedom, liberty and national sovereignty.”
Texas is home to various militia groups, some of which patrol in tandem with law enforcement.
Davis, 37, described himself on Facebook as a truck driver who trained to be a police officer, and who served in the Army and as a volunteer firefighter. He said he belongs to two militias: Bowies Volunteer Militia based near San Antonio, and a group called the Winter Soldiers, who believe in a mission he explained in a video that was removed after the recent controversy: “This Is How We Take America Back.”