General: Guard to Take Observation Role at Border

Christopher Sherman and Paul J. Weber, Big Story, July 22, 2014

Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday.

Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of unaccompanied minors entering the country. The Texas National Guard troops are headed to border on the orders of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has been a chief critic of the White House response to the crisis and is considering another run for president in 2016.

Nichols said troops will be armed for their safety, but when asked if their weapons would be loaded would say only that ammunition would be in magazines.


Nichols said troops will deploy to the Rio Grande Valley in the next few weeks and that no end date for the operation has been set.

The deployment will cost Texas an estimated $12 million a month–on top of an extra $1.3 million a week the state has recently been giving its Department of Public Safety to ramp up operations along the border.


More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents currently work in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, and Perry had repeatedly asked President Barack Obama to send the National Guard to the border amid the influx.


The new deployment comes two years after the federal Government Accountability Office questioned the impact of the last two times that National Guard troops were sent to the border. A 2012 report found the State Department and Defense Department “expressing concerns about the perception of a militarized border with Mexico.”


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  • D.B. Cooper

    No one is going to do anything because they know YOU will do nothing, white boy.

    • RisingReich

      What would you suggest we do? Should I throw my entire life away in a failed attempt to ‘get something started?’ What exactly are YOU doing, other than posting here asking us to vote out one traitor just to vote in the next round of them?
      Please don’t tell me to lobby and ‘get out the vote’.
      Yes I’m a bit irritated by your post, but more importantly if you really have something concrete to DO that doesn’t make me unemployed, incarcerated, or dead I’m all ears.

      • D.B. Cooper

        If I can convince just 100 white boy liberal democrats that the first 18 years of their lives was all a big lie, and reach just enough white republicans realize “more of the same old-same old” has got to stop, then I made an impact. When I’m not here on Amren, I make my presence known on other sites where the clueless like to hang out at.

        • RisingReich

          Ah- vote vote vote. Okay, but you see where that has taken us.
          Ever investigated the company Diebold? Please do so.

      • Glen

        The seemingly harmless act of making a polite, one or two-sentence response in opposition to a neighbor’s PC assertion can result in a phone call to your PC employer, being placed on his unofficial “watch” list, and being repeatedly goaded into making non-pc statements that could justify one’s firing and would certainly eliminate any possibility for promotion. “You’re paranoid,” says the keyboard warrior, despite my assertion of “anecdotal” evidence! “Change jobs/or geographic location,” advises the basement dweller!

        Normal, functional white families – especially those with children – are under the gun in both the private and government realms. That is because the realms are interconnected. Except for the self-employed, unemployed, under-employed, or retired there is comparatively little freedom of speech. Even AmRen’s “D.B. Cooper” implicitly understands this (Google his pseudonym). Despite his seeming hypocrisy and your aggravation, he is correct in saying, “…they know you will do nothing, White Boy.”

        You will, in fact, do nothing. For example, you will NOT:

        1. Perform your own landscape maintenance or hire white teenagers.
        2. Acquire the skills to:
        a. Perform low to mid-level maintenance on your home/furniture.
        b. Perform low to mid-level repairs on your vehicle.
        3. Plant a garden or initiate/participate in community gardens.
        4. Buy American, UK, Swiss, German, Italian, or Spanish-made products.
        5. Buy and prepare healthy meals on a regular basis.

        Instead you will shop Wal-Mart and Harbor Freight, hire Mexicans, buy vegetables imported from Mexico, and indulge in the pleasures of eating extremely tasty but unhealthy food.

        You will NOT:

        1. Create/train/donate skills to a predominantly white homeschool/youth organization.
        2. Take a young, white apprentice under your wing in the trades.
        3. Seek out and donate food/services to the white elderly/struggling young families.
        4. Place your body on the frontlines of anti-illegal immigration rallies.
        5. Donate 5%, 2.5%, 1%, or even 0.05% of your income to a worthy white-rights organization.

        But by no means are these simple things you will NOT do intended to be comprehensive. They required no thought. And I’m not very intelligent.

        “…if you really have something concrete to DO that doesn’t make me unemployed, incarcerated, or dead I’m all ears.”

        None of the above would result in unemployment, incarceration, or death (except, perhaps, the anti-illegal immigrant rallies) Yet nobody here or anywhere else on the white fringe discusses them beyond offering the following rationalizations for NOT doing them:

        1. I haven’t the money (but he owns a computer, pays for Internet services, and don’t even get me started on those “lifestyle” choices he has claimed to have made in the past).
        2. I haven’t the skills (yet he provides “expert” opinions and “sage” advice on a whole lot of topics on the Internet).
        3. I haven’t the time (but he posts all over the Internet’s white-fringe on a near daily basis).

        So what is the real problem?

        Frankly, what I think is not flattering to the pro-white “movement” and would probably conflict with AmRen posting guidelines.

        However, I will say this:

        When so-called white nationalists master, practice, and improve upon the simple suggestions I’ve provided, than then – and only then – will I sympathize with their aggravation over “D.B. Cooper’s” pointed statement of fact.

        • RisingReich

          You don’t know anything about me or what I do or don’t do. No where did I ask for sympathy and I don’t expect or need it.

          • Glen

            No I don’t know you, son. But I advise you to thicken your skin and carefully reflect upon what I’m saying.

      • A Freespeechzone

        Honestly, it will take MILLIONS of fed up Americans to gather and practice Civil Disobedience as was practiced during the Civil Rights and Vietnam eras.

        There were millions of everyday people who participated and forced change–we need that mindset and action today.

        Obama and his minions know too many Americans will likely do nothing–hopefully he is wrong.

  • Now, let’s all back up for a minute. I have some bad news.

    Most of us reading these words have immersed ourselves in immigration politics and the days in days out and the fellatio by fellatio of the matter that we know that the Rickroller is trying to pull one over on us. A contention that articles like this one prove.

    But there’s another hat I wear, the one I wear when I’m making a living and making enough money to keep my two favorite luxuries in the world that I just can’t do without, eating and living indoors. That being my public relations hat. And what I’m about to say is something I know I don’t like so I know most of you won’t like to hear it. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger!

    The Rickroller is coming across very much and acting like a grown up mature adult. And not just on this immigration matter (for outward appearances), but ever since the election in 2012, he’s pretty much been everywhere not named Texas trying to draw businesses to his state. I know politicians that represent a state are supposed to advocate for their state, but in all my years of observing politics, I haven’t seen anything like it.

    If he can keep on threading the needle on immigration politics, nobody forces his hand on his phoniness, and he does not have any hard stumbles in the near future, don’t be
    surprised two years from today that we’re saying, “Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry.” Which would be even more likely if Jeb Bush does not run.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I think it’s the glasses. And he secretly visits Amren.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Members of the Republican Party in my area are already talking “Rick Perry”.

      • propagandaoftruth

        He really does seem to have gotten his PR act together. Who’s his handlers? Potential.

        • D.B. Cooper

          Good Gawd! You all are going to fall for it again, aren’t you?
          I live in Texas. Nothing is being done to stop the illegal alien, Affirmative Action tidal wave. In fact, Perry seems to be encouraging it.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Who’s it gonna be then?

            Nobody’s riding in on a white horse to save the day, you know?

      • So you know what you’ve got to do. Talk them out of it.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Who’s it gonna be then?

          Nobody’s riding in on a white horse to save the day, you know?

          Maybe Perry’s getting his groove on…getting comfortable in his own skin…

          • JohnEngelman

            Rick Perry is trying to remember the third government agency he wants to eliminate.

      • dd121

        I don’t know how sincere he is but right now he’s the only one even paying lip service. I’d like to see his lips flap a bit longer before I solidify an opinion. This is a very important issue with conservatives, not so much for Republicans.

  • revilo evola

    So the NG will only detain the invaders if the invaders interfere with their mission, which is simply to observe? Are these people high? What a sad joke this is. Mark my word, before long the NG will be changing Mexican diapers, handing out MREs to the “children”, and helping federal workers signing the invaders up for SSI and food stamps.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission…”

    And their ‘mission’ is…?

    How about making it your ‘mission’ to deport them all?

    What a concept…

    • “And their mission is…?”

      …to serve as a prop for the Rickroller’s campaign for President.

  • RisingReich

    Like I said yesterday. Nothing will be done but rearrangement of deck chairs.
    It’s over.

  • mobilebay

    “State Dept. and Defense Dept. expressed concern about the ‘perception of a militarized border with Mexico.’ ” This is unbelievable! Mexico has a militarized border. I’d love to see our “fired” military there, armed and shoulder to shoulder. That ought to deter those who break into our home and should scare the hell out of Mexico. After all, they declared war on us years ago when the first illegal broke in. Then our own government deserted us when they allowed that illegal to stay.

  • Juggernaut3000

    The “mission” is to fool people into believing that Gov. Perry wants the illegal invaders stopped.

    The National Guard, like the border patrol will be receiving no ammo, even beanbags, while being fired at by the drug cartels armed with .50 caliber weapons.

    Maybe they should station stuffed scarecrows at the border, they’d be just as effective and save millions of dollars.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    If we could organize 50 to 100 nationalists into a well-disciplined group in order to wage an effective campaign of political resistance against the federal government, we could potentially bring the American state to its knees and focus international attention on the issue of third world immigration. This has already been done before for other causes, especially by leftists and members of national independence movements. Will it result in regime change? No, you will need a lot more people for that, but you don’t need a lot of people to challenge a tyrannical government and become notorious while doing so. This will force whites to see the controlled demolition of the west going on all around them. The struggle against the third world immigration-multiculturalism movement in Washington can potentially become a global struggle.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Like…an “autonomous right”?

  • Evette Coutier

    $12 million to deploy them to do nothing. What a joke.

    • bilderbuster

      That’s Prick Fairy for you.

  • get some helicopters, APC’s, humvees, strykers, roll out the hardware
    and mount some ma-deuces, saws on them . . give them orders to open fire on trespassers
    to hell with mexico
    Put an end once and for all to the diseased mongrels trespassing …

  • DNA Explains It All

    So just more greeters, not the shooters that are needed.

  • Long Live Dixie

    Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic . . ..

    How’s that? Their general has openly stated that they won’t stop them, so what deterrence value could there possibly be? The illegals can walk right past the guardsmen, shake their hands on the way, and keep on moving.

    What a joke. And to think people actually consider Perry to be the ‘far Right’.

    • Alexandra1973

      I think “far right” means anything to the right of the extreme left.

  • dd121

    Sooooo, what’s the point?

  • IKUredux

    Presumably, if you wear glasses, you are smart. Isn’t that the perception? Gov. Perry hasn’t been seen without his glasses in a long while. Now, look, I can’t be fooled by the wearing of glasses. I’ve known plenty of dumb asses who wear glasses. Still, the general public thinks that people who wear glasses are smart. And, I suppose, it could be true. Regardless, I hate all politicians. However, I hate Jeff Sessions and Rick Perry, the least. Personally, I am pining for a Joan of Arc of White realism to appear on the scene.

  • IstvanIN

    The national Guard is there for crowd control: control the crowds of Americans complaining about the invasion. Oh, and collect the fee: “come watch your country fall to the invaders, folks. Just a quarter! Please no crowding or pushing, the invasion is running 24/7!”

  • Earl Turner

    Perry faces some restrictions when it comes to using the National Guard in that the Feds can step in and veto whatever he orders simply by ordering them to Federal status.

    He has zero restrictions on his use of the Texas State Guard. State Defense Forces can not be federalized. It would also be cheaper. The daily rate paid to all TXSG troops is $120 regardless of rank and time in grade. And it would only take the stroke of a pen for him to conclude a memorandum of understanding with governors of other states and troops from other State Defense Forces could deploy to Texas as well.

  • That’s true, but the Rickroller is the Governor of Texas. It’s his job to advocate for Texas.

  • ElComadreja

    What a joke. Even Texas has lost it’s nerve. No government agency or official is going to do what’s needed to stop this and the mestizo scum are fully aware of it. This is either going to end in total race war or with the white race reduced to a pitiful helpless minority. I know how I’d rather go.