Made it back in one piece folks!
We will be heading back to the border at the end of this week. CBP agents were extremely professional, and came back on numerous occasions to let us
know that data collected from our information gathering operations was actionable and resulted in multiple arrests.
Our group also arrested 107 trespassers (by working with property owners) and turned them promptly over to CBP. For those thinking of heading down, I
commend you. Contrary to the lying news media, CBP will not refuse to take custody of arrested individuals nor will they give you any guff over it.
Many CBP agents privately confessed they appreciated any help they can get, contrary to the obligatory public statements made to the media. We also
handed out approximately 1400 bottles of water, over 500 mylar blankets, countless medical supplies and 2 Epi Pens. We collected over two thousand
hours of video and had over 700 hours of flight time with our DJI hobby drones. These are mostly accurate stats, as we tried to keep as close of track
of it as possible.
Was able to establish a fairly reliable secure Internet connection, with advice/assistance from several tech-savvy ATSers and I appreciate the help
greatly. Did not think it was wise to connect while we were down there, however, as it could give away operations/positions/plans/etc and possibly
make us targets.
On numerous occasions, things got hairy when armed individuals were spotted on the other side of the border. As always, we immediately notified CBP
and were prepared to defend ourselves/our country from them if necessary. Although we would have outnumbered the criminals with weapons by about 5:1,
we were thankful it did not come to it and the presence of several dozen armed Americans was enough to deter them from crossing.
All things considered, minus a few notable exceptions, most time was fairly dull and spent flying DJI hobby drones, checking trail cameras, setting up
camp sites for hasty defense and making 100+ mile supply runs for food, toiletries and all the good stuff. Body camera footage and many still photos
will be forthcoming, but we will be returning to the same area so I will not be publishing them until at least after this next coming trip.
I highly encourage other Americans who want to defend their country and their border to volunteer their time/money/effort to this end.
edit on 5/27/2019 by JBurns because: (no reason given)