Target: Texas State Representative Doug Miller
Goal: Stop defending violent militia groups
The state of Texas isn’t just experiencing an influx of undocumented immigrants; militia groups are also flocking to the U.S.-Mexico border. There is evidence that such people could be dangerous to more than just immigrants; according to Think Progress, many of the militia members belong to organizations that promote paranoid conspiracy theories or advocate for violence against the government. It is unfortunate, then, that the presence of the militias is supported by a member of state government. State Representative Doug Miller recently said that the militia members “have a right to be there” and “are not currently a problem”, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Asking residents to cope with the presence of potentially violent, radical, armed groups merely because they haven’t started causing problems yet is not responsible.
According to the Dallas Morning News, groups currently represented at the border include the Oathkeepers (a group dedicated to preventing the U.S. government from disarming its citizens and imprisoning them in city-sized concentration camps) and the Three Percenter’s Club, who’s founder threatened to kill the “collectivists who now control the government” if they don’t “leave us the hell alone.” Of course, these organizations don’t direct their attentions only towards the federal government; each mentions the need to defend the Constitution from “enemies both foreign and domestic.” Immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, could be in danger if they encounter members of the militia.
A member of state government has no business supporting a group of heavily-armed militia members, especially not when many of them seem so willing to target the government itself. The border is in bad enough shape without adding potential for serious violence to the mix. By signing this petition, you will urge State Senator Miller to stop offering support of any kind to militia groups.
Dear State Senator Miller,
Your recent comments in support of the presence of militia groups on the Texas-Mexico border were short-sighted and irresponsible. Not only do the presence of these groups increase the possibility of serious violence against immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, but several of the groups present have advocated violence against the U.S. government itself. They should not be validated by anyone, especially not a member of state government.
The current issues at the border need to be solved by constructive, deliberate governance, not by paranoid militia members. I urge you to cease your defense of their presence.
[Your Name Here]
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