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Several groups that event organizers deemed too radical to participate in were turned away from a trucker protest in Texas over the weekend designed to pressure President Joe Biden to reinstate tougher immigration and border control policies.
The groups were turned away Friday from the Quemado, Texas, ranch, where the protest was scheduled to take place, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
“A group of so-called street preachers holding signs that read, ‘BLM are racist thugs,’ and ‘AIDS: Judgement or Cure’ were outraged after they were denied entry to the Cornerstone Children’s Ranch,” the outlet reported.
“You’re worse than Democrats,” yelled a man named Jim through a megaphone from across the street, the outlet said. “I’ve personally been to over 25 Trump rallies and never had a reaction like this.”
Another demonstrator kept honking his vehicle horn in an attempt to drown Jim out, the outlet reported. Eventually, police officers showed up to intervene.
“We came here thinking we might make some friends, but I guess our Christianity doesn’t mesh with whatever they’re trying to do here,” Jesse Morrell from Open Air Outreach told DailyMail.com.
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A strong grass roots protest by truckers shows us American freedom of speech is peaceful. Remember BLM riots
— Mitch (@MitchKC18) February 3, 2024
TX: The “Gods Army” convoy arrived to the Cornerstone Children’s ranch in Quemado, Texas—About 20 miles outside of Eagle Pass—But still directly on the border.
The Kinney County Sheriff tells me around 300 vehicles in all were in the convoy—He says he shut down the roadway and… pic.twitter.com/J9s7OvRgHj
— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) February 3, 2024
Event organizers explained that they had to be very careful about who would be given access to the property.
“The convoy has been traveling across the country; they’re very tired. They’ve been dealing with a lot of criticism, threats, making them look like January 6ers,” Mike Forzano of the group Exiled Patriots, the group providing security for the convoy, explained.
“We’re not about confrontation here. If you’re about confrontation, you’re not coming in. To remain peaceful, we have to have peaceful people,” he added.
“No guns, no alcohol, no drugs, no offensive things– we don’t want that,” he noted further. “There are people who are on a list to not be allowed. Those people are people who have threatened the government, threatened us, threatened people, maybe a little bit wild, or maybe criminal record– they’re not allowed.”
He also explained that all press outlets were given access except for CNN, whom he said were “the only ones who don’t give anyone a fair shot.”
The Daily Mail added:
The organizers for the ‘Take our Border Back’ convoy have repeatedly stated they want their event to be peaceful, and are concerned they will be blamed for the actions of others acting alone.
They’re gathering to support Texas’ recent actions to defy federal law and seize a park in Eagle Pass, after accusing the Biden Administration of not doing enough to secure the border.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is continuing to secure a portion of his state’s border with Mexico that has been used by migrants to illegally enter the country despite a cease-and-desist order from President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security.
The Republican governor has ordered the Texas National Guard and state law enforcement personnel to occupy a park near Eagle Pass and set up razor-wire barricades to prevent illegal entry. DHS has demanded that Abbott allow U.S. Border Patrol agents access to the park so they can dismantle the wire barriers, but he has refused to do so.
Now, dozens of other governors around the country are stepping up to offer Abbott words of encouragement and material support in the form of Guard troops, law enforcement officers, and other materials to protect and defend the state.
Some members of Congress are also siding with Abbott.
“We need to let Governor Abbott do his job, which is to put up the razor wire – I stand with Texas. We’ve got to secure this border,” Rep. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.) said.
“Joe Biden and the Democrats in Congress, they are standing with the Mexican drug cartels,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said last week. “They are standing with the invasion that is targeting our state. We have seen 9.6 million illegal immigrants enter this country since Joe Biden became president…and this is deliberate.”