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Militias patrolling Texas border draw scrutiny, concern
Militias patrolling Texas border draw scrutiny, concern

Masked militias have arrived in South Texas with semiautomatic rifles and tactical gear, causing a stir not only in border communities, but among state officials. News of the militias has spread at a time when the border has grown more militarized in response to an influx of Central American immigrants, many of them families and children who made the crossing unaccompanied -- more than 57,000 since October. Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Perry activated 1,000 National Guard troops, drawing from the Texas State Guard as well as Texas Air and Army National Guard. That activation came on top of a state Department of Public Safety border surge, bringing the state’s total monthly cost to...

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