This story originally appeared on WeBuildTheWall.news & was edited and republished with permission:
A group of former military, law enforcement, and security make up the patriotic group protecting a treacherous area of the border referred to as “Cartel Land” and “Cocaine Alley.” This is a high drug traffic corridor where “normal” illegals don’t dare go as the terrain is steep, rocky, and hard to cross through from Mexico into Arizona. However, it’s the perfect territory for drug mules, multiple time deportees, and middle easterners wanting to come into America far under the radar, and they do so at a record pace. Volunteering their time to risk their lives to protect this country, are the men and women of the Arizona Border Recon (AZBR)
AZBR consists mainly of veterans who want to still serve the country after being released from the military. They do this critical work voluntarily and at their own expense, because they love our country. We Build The Wall is working with heroes like this every day to build the wall and secure our southern border. Social Media Director, Amanda Shea, got the chance to meet with members of AZBR.
The American warriors of the Arizona Border Recon describe the land along the border with Mexico as “America’s own little war zone.” And so they patrol it day and night in tactical gear, keeping a vigilant watch for terrorists, traffickers, and illegal immigrants. They consider themselves an “intelligence-gathering organization.” They live the life of a special forces unit on the border to protect Americans.
The driving force for many of these men and women is a continuation of the oath they took in the military. The defense of their country and family is their number one concern. The left brands them as vigilantes and racists… Americans call them selfless heroes on a mission. The group formed in 2011 and has been at it ever since. Its members arrive in Arizona from as far as Maryland, united by a desire to protect America’s “back door.”
I had the opportunity to see what these private citizens are all about, risking their lives for free by voluntarily protecting our border in drug corridor. AZBR consists mainly of veterans who still want to serve the country.https://t.co/muI9HQ6G1p#WeBuildTheWall
— Amanda Shea (@TheAmandaShea) May 3, 2019
Led by US Army veteran Tim “Nailer” Foley, the group – which claims up to 200 volunteers – does not consider itself a militia, but rather a group of citizens supplementing US Border Patrol efforts to counter illegal border activity. Foley and his group are trying to combat a tide of drugs and illegal immigrants. “Technically, we’re vigilantes upholding the law where there is no law,” Foley said, “But the phrase vigilante, it’s been given a bad name by the media.”
“Back in the day, vigilante wasn’t a bad thing,” Foley continued. “Say the bandits was riding into your town. Townspeople would all get together and, you know, defend their town. Now when people hear that phrase, they think of vigilante as somebody who has got white sheets over their head and they’re going to hang [expletive] people from trees.”
“There is no law here. That’s the point,” Foley said. “When they call us vigilantes, fine because it has been spun way out of line. If you look at the word vigilante, the first half is vigil. We’re doing a vigil here. The second half is ante, as in, ‘ante up, do your part.’”
“We are a nongovernmental organization. We don’t advocate overthrowing the government or anything like that, and besides that, I live here so if you want to call me anything, call me neighborhood watch,” says Foley.
For years now, Foley said, he’s been warning the FBI that sprinkled among the groups of immigrants he intercepts illegally crossing the border are foreign nationals who aren’t from Mexico. “We have pictures from trail cameras that show Somalis and Middle Eastern guys with beards and everything else, but nobody is listening,” Foley stated. “We’re going to have something like Paris had. It’s not a matter of if, but when.”
“People need to wake up and realize this border is not secure,” Foley said. He’s absolutely right.
These are the warriors who are fighting to protect our border and Americans from criminals coming over it. They brave a deadly drug corridor and cartels to do it with no recognition and even less gratitude. We need a wall to stop this and security on that wall. #WeBuildTheWall
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