Show of Force: 100 Vehicles Line One Mile of Texas Border to Deter Caravan

Several Central American caravans approach U.S. border from Mexico

The Trump administration has flooded the Texas border town that sits just over the river from the Mexican city where 1,800 caravan migrants arrived earlier this week with hundreds of law enforcement personnel.

More than 100 U.S. police vehicles lined a one-mile stretch of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, Saturday afternoon. Sixty sat together in one section of the river on a local golf course, according to intelligence gathering and analysis expert, Dr. Lyle Rapacki.

The learned Dr. Rapacki has been surveilling the United States’ southwest border for years and his reports and commentary have been ignored by the Washington, D.C. establishment prior to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States in January 2017.

More than 60 law enforcement vehicles lined up on the border in what officials at the U.S. Border Patrol are calling a “show of force” to warn caravan migrants who are just over the Rio Grande River in Piedras Negras against illegally crossing [into the U.S.], according to Texas Eagle reporter Anna Giaritelli.

Driving east on a road known as the “loop” in Eagle Pass, Texas, and there are cops everywhere. This continues even downtown where every few blocks a police or border employee is parked. The Maverick County sheriff told me tonight they are “showing force,” stated Ms. Giaritelli.

This massive “show of force” — as Border Patrol commanders are calling it — is meant to deter Central Americans from illegally entering the country, as large groups attempted in San Diego, Calif., last November and again on New Year’s Eve, Rapacki noted.

“To me, it’s like showing force. It would give a message to the immigrants that want to come illegally through Texas that Texas is always prepared and has a lot of manpower at the border — that they would go to another state,” said Sheriff Tom Schmerber.

According to Rapacki’s emailed report to Conservative Base on Sunday, the vigilant sheriff and his deputies assembled dozens of pickup trucks, SUVs, and cars belonging to Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol, and state troopers within the Texas Department of Public Safety — as well as it’s elite Texas Rangers — were lined up on the edge of the Eagle Pass Golf Course.

Schmerber said 500 Department of Public Safety personnel have been moved to Eagle Pass. That figure does not include the Border Patrol agents who arrived from other regions of the state.



Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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