They fight for the ideals of America while wearing their nation’s uniform–and they’re still at it.
The Arizona Border Recon, military veterans, augmented by concerned citizens, patrol the border between the United States and Mexico. What they have seen should be a warning to the policymakers in Washington.
Last Monday, five Pakistanis and one Afghan were arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol trying to cross into the country illegally. That’s nothing new, said Tim Foley, the field operations director for Arizona Border Recon. Department of Homeland Security records show an average of one Pakistani a day arrested for coming into America illegally, with more than one per week from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.
“There’s Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians trying to get in. We are trying to stop everything and anything from coming across,” said Foley.
The debris illegal immigrants leave behind says a lot about who they are, Foley said.
“Korans, prayer rugs,” he said. “Right up the road here one of the ranch hands had a Muslim with a prayer rug over his shoulder and chest length beard cut square walk up to him and ask for water.”
The Arizona Border Recon, whose members have been patrolling for five years, stage week-long patrols every few months to help plug the leakiest sections of the border and steer illegal immigrants into areas that are more heavily patrolled.
“We have the war on drugs and the war on terror and it seems that they are combining right here on the border,” said Foley. “We’re not a militia, we’re not a three percent group, we do not advocate overthrowing the government…we are an extra set of eyes and ears for Border Patrol.”
Foley said the veterans are not against immigrants, but against law-breakers.
“If you want a better life then go through the front door,” Foley said. “Do it the right way. Don’t come sneaking underneath in through the back door through the window because that makes you suspect.”
Arizona Border Recon’s work does not go unnoticed.
“There are giants among us. Men and women of true grit that put themselves before those that would seek to do our country harm, like a shield wall. Much like the reluctant anti-heroes in the pages of a Louis L’Amour saga, they do so at great sacrifice to their personal lives,” wrote Jason Van Tatenhove, Media Director and Associate Editor for Oath Keepers.