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Oath Keepers Call to Action: El Paso TX, Sept 1-10, Offer ICE Families Protection from Antifa

Above is a photo from Oath Keepers’ successful neighborhood watch program
in N.C. after Hurricane Florence in 2018. 

Oath Keepers and fellow patriots,

Oath Keepers is sending a leadership team to the El Paso, TX area September 1-10, to reach out and offer our protection to any ICE, CBP, or other LEO or military family under threat; to help organize and train neighborhood watches, starting in law enforcement and military neighborhoods; and to schedule/conduct active shooter response training (see below).  On that leadership team will be one of our national LEO Liaisons who is retired law enforcement, a retired trauma nurse, and also a certified “Stop the Bleed” instructor.

The radical left has increasingly targeted ICE and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) personnel nationwide for harassment, doxing (publishing names and home addresses), threats, and actual violence (two armed terrorist attacks so far).  Leftist propaganda, liberal mainstream media, and even members of Congress have declared any and all ICE and CBP immigration detention/processing facilities to be “concentration camps” and routinely call ICE and CBP personnel “Nazis” or “fascists” as the left tries to label the entire Trump Administration “white nationalist/white supremacist.”   That demonizing and hatred has most recently focused on El Paso, TX with leftists from across the nation planning on converging there Sept. 1-10.

Our mission in the El Paso area (including Sunland Park, NM), will be to accomplish the following:

  1. To offer volunteer security for any ICE, CBP or other LEO or military family (current serving or retired), or any other private property owners, who are under threat or otherwise need our help.  We will do this as part of our Back the Blue (and Green) program.  As noted above, the radical left has repeatedly doxed ICE and Border Patrol personnel, releasing their home addresses.  They have done the same with military families. We will assign experienced military and police veterans to any family who requests our assistance.
  2. To assist in establishing neighborhood watches in neighborhoods with a high concentration of military and law enforcement families.   Our El Paso area members are already working on this.  We will bring in some of our top national leaders and trainers to help them.
  3. To schedule and conduct active shooter response training, starting in those El Paso LEO and military neighborhoods.   We have two currently certified law enforcement active shooter response trainers on our national staff who are available.  That training will include emergency medical care, taught by certified “Stop the Bleed” instructors.

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Attention military or LEO families in the El Paso area:  To request our help with volunteer home security and protection of your family, please email us at: leo@oathkeepers.org.  Please put “El Paso area LEO (or Military) family needs security help” in the subject line.  We will have one of our national LEO liaisons respond (a current serving or retired LEO on our national BOD).

Attention trainers:  If you are an experienced LEO, military, or security trainer with training and experience that would be relevant to helping us train up  neighborhood watches and conduct active shooter response and emergency medical training in El Paso, you can volunteer by emailing us at:  leo@oathkeepers.org.   Please put “Trainer Available to Help in El Paso Area” in the title.

Please include all relevant information on your training and experience, with whatever documentation you can provide.  Expect to be heavily vetted including a full background check.

Attention Security Volunteers:  To volunteer to serve in a security detail to protect LEO or military families possibly under threat in the El Paso area, please email us at: tx@oathkeepers.org.  Only trained and experienced personnel please (i.e. military, LEO, or private security training and experience).  Please include all relevant information on your training and experience, with whatever documentation you can provide.  Expect to be heavily vetted, including a full background check.

NOTE:  We will likely schedule a public gathering in the El Paso area sometime between Sept. 1 – 10 to show support for ICE and CBP.  We will post further information on that shortly.  If you are interested in attending that gathering, please email us at: tx@oathkeepers.org.  Put “want to attend El Paso show of support for ICE/CBP” in the subject line.

If you cannot make it in person to help us with this mission, please consider donating to support our work.  Every donation helps, no matter how small. Thank you for your support! You can donate here:

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Background on the Antifa/far-left terrorism threat to ICE and CBP

May 1, 2019,  FBI investigating possible Antifa plot to purchase weapons from a Mexican drug cartel and stage uprising at the border.  As reported here, and here, the plot allegedly included setting up training camps to train anarchists in the use of weapons and reconnaissance techniques to then conduct armed disruption missions against U.S. federal law enforcement and military personnel along the border.

July 12, 2019, trespass and desecration of U.S. flag at ICE Center in Aurora, CO:  Protesters trespassed and then ripped down the American flag, attempted to burn it, and hoisted up a Mexican flag in its place, at an ICE detention facility in Aurora, Colorado.  They also flew a defaced “blue lives matter” flag upside down with the words “Abolish ICE” spray painted on it.  One Antifa twitter account praised the action and declared “Viva la Raza!”

Oath Keepers Call to Action: El Paso TX, Sept 1-10, Offer ICE Families Protection from Antifa

Photo of the Mexican flag which protesters raised over the
Aurora, CO ICE facility after tearing down the U.S. flag

July 13, 2019 Antifa/JBGC terrorist attacks ICE facility in Tacoma, WA:   Radical anarcho-communist terrorist Willem Van Spronsen attacked the Tacoma, WA ICE detention center, armed with a AR 15 rifle and molotov cocktails. He set vehicles on fire, attempted, but failed, to set a 500 lb. propane tank on fire, and aimed his AR 15 at responding Tacoma PD officers. Thankfully, Van Spronsen’s  rifle malfunctioned and the officers shot and killed him before he could shoot them.  Fortunately he was an incompetent terrorist, or we may have suffered LEO casualties that day.

Van Spronsen was a member of the armed marxist group the John Brown Gun Club (JBGC), and in his manifesto/goodbye letter, declared “I am Antifa” and referred to the ICE detention center as a “concentration camp” that must be destroyed. Rather than condemning Van Spronsen’s terrorism, his comrades in Antifa, JBGC, and across the radical left nationwide, have since lauded him as a martyr, a hero, and someone to be admired and emulated.

Oath Keepers Call to Action: El Paso TX, Sept 1-10, Offer ICE Families Protection from Antifa

The above graphic was posted by the Steel City John Brown Gun Club
in memory of Van Spronsen.


On July 29, 2019, journalist Andy Ngo reported that “Antifa is leading a ‘Border Resistance’ militancy training tour
that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX. The promotional image shows border enforcement officers being killed & government property fired bombed.”

Below are those promotional graphics which depict figures with Antifa symbols on their clothing killing ICE and CBP personnel, setting fire to vehicles and buildings, and tearing a hole in the border wall to allow illegal entry:

Oath Keepers Call to Action: El Paso TX, Sept 1-10, Offer ICE Families Protection from Antifa

Antifa did, in fact, conduct some of those training sessions, with the August 2, 2019 training in Portland making the news when a black clad, masked, knife wielding Antifa member chased a local conservative down the sidewalk because he got too close to their “Border Resistance” training at the Social Justice Action Center in Portland.  You can watch the video of that attack here.

After the August 3, 2019 mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso,  Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick warned Antifa to “stay out of El Paso” and “stay out of Texas.”  The left then tried to deny the Antifa was involved in the Border Resistance Convergence, but the above graphics, and the above video of Portland Antifa at the Portland training for the Border Resistance Tour, as well as posts on well-known Antifa websites supporting the initiative, shows Antifa’s involvement.

Since the mass shooting in El Paso, the organizing website for the “Border Resistance Convergence” has been changed to say “CANCELED:  the border resistance convergence has been canceled.” However, the Hecate Society still lists the event on their website  and affiliated groups are still active in El Paso, with scheduled events during that Sept. 1-10 window.

Given the near constant drum-beat of leftist media and politicians declaring CBP and ICE detention centers to be “concentration camps” and all CPB and ICE personnel labeled “Nazis,” with leftists nationwide urging each other to emulate the terror attack by Van Spronsen, and Antifa holding training meetings specifically to train people to then converge on El Paso, there is still a very serious threat of far-left terrorist violence against El Paso area CBP/ICE personnel and their families, including during that Sept. 1-1o period, but also afterward.

August 7, 2019.  Antifa graffiti spotted in El Paso neighborhoods with a high concentration of LEO and military families.  Since the mass shooting, we have seen Antifa graffiti in law enforcement and military heavy neighborhoods in El Paso. Here is an example, reported to us on August 7, 2019:

Oath Keepers Call to Action: El Paso TX, Sept 1-10, Offer ICE Families Protection from Antifa

Antifa/anarchist graffiti on a sign leading into
a neighborhood in El Paso, TX

August 13, 2019, multiple rounds fired into occupied ICE offices in San Antonio, TX.  The FBI is investigating the shooting and stated that bullets came within inches of hitting federal employees.  As reported by the media, FBI Special Agent in Charge, Christopher Combs “said the preliminary investigation indicates that the shooters were specifically targeting ICE because ‘all of the shots that we have found were on the floors where ICE has offices, so there is no question it is a very targeted attack.’”

The FBI also stated:

“Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts … ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”

It comes as no surprise to us that Antifa has now begun to carry out terror attacks. They are following directly in the footsteps of the Weather Underground radical communists of the late 60s and early 70s, who started out in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) but became increasingly radicalized until they formed several terrorist cells and began a bombing campaign that targeted police and military among other targets.

Given all of the above, we consider the threat environment against ICE and CBP personnel and their families in El Paso (and nationwide) to still be very serious, and we are committed to helping them in any way we can. We consider standing up against communist terrorist threats to be part of how we honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

We also support ICE and CBP in their work because they are enforcing the abundantly constitutional and necessary federal laws on immigration and naturalization, and we understand that there is no such thing as a nation without a border. That, and we want to see the sex trafficking and human trafficking of the brutal, evil, Mexican drug cartels shut down as it victimizes women and children in Mexico and inside the United States, who are sold into sex slavery.

For the Republic,

Stewart Rhodes

Founder of Oath Keepers

 

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Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.

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