Hundreds rallied at the Texas Capitol Saturday in support of border security as the invasion on Texas’ southern border continues.

A crowd stood on the south lawn as speakers from across the country encouraged Texas to stand in the gap to secure the border as the federal government refuses to enforce U.S. law. 

“We need something down there to shut this down,” said Dr. Mike Vickers of Texas Border Volunteers.

“Brooks County is referred to as Death Valley,” said Vickers, explaining that he’s likely photographed more than 500 bodies in throughout his time living in South Texas, who have died on their crossing. 

Vickers advised that the state put pressure on Mexico to stop the invasion from their southern border. 

The comments came as part of the How Many More rally, led by Convention of States president Mark Meckler, who told the crowd “we’re under assault and it affects not just folks here in Texas but the entire country.”

Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd told the crowd about a letter he took from a stash house in Rockport, Texas, which talks about slave boys and girls––indentured servants in America. 

“When I came into office [2021], we discovered fifteen stash houses and stash properties being used by cartels and cartel operatives,” said Boyd. 

“The only way to win this war is to deny profitability to organized crime in this state,” said Boyd, asking the crowd to mobilize in support of House Bills 7 and 20, which will grant resources to local counties to deal with the invasion. 

Jaeson Jones, retired DPS Captain from the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, said that Texas and America must “designate Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.”

“Mexican cartels today represent the most significant national public safety threat,” said Jones. “The problem is you weren’t told.” 

“Our nation is suffering death by 100,000 cuts every day,” said Jeffrey Stamm, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, warning the crowd of the dangers of fentanyl. 

“Many of our nation’s elites are lying to you that our top threats are domestic,” said Stamm, saying that narcoterrorism is the most significant threat to Americans.  

According to Stamm, America is allowing the enemy in the gates by opening the border and allowing Mexican drug cartels to operate within the U.S. and the U.S. needs to give Mexico some “tough love” until they no longer allow cartels to operate freely in their country. 

Virginia Krieger, Co-president of the Lost Voices of Fentanyl, lost her daughter to fentanyl and said more than 70,000 Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in 2021.  

“We’re asking for fentanyl to be renamed as a weapon of mass destruction so that we can free up federal resources to go after the purveyors of these deadly products,” said Krieger. 

“What’s going on here is worse than I thought I was defending against in all those other countries,” said Craig Sawyer, former Navy SEAL and founder of Vets for Child Rescue, which fights child trafficking. 

“War has evolved,” said Sawyer. “We’re not looking for tanks, planes, and guns… It’s all done through deceit. It’s a silent war and what they can’t stand is exposure.”

“You want to protect the children? You secure this border,” Victor Avila, retired ICE special agent and border expert, told the crowd.

“Bring the change from the local community and the local government back to this building [Capitol],” encouraged Avila, telling the crowd to get involved at all levels, but especially the local level.

Former acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan told the crowd the Biden administration “has jeopardized every aspect of our nation’s security.”

“They dismantled every effective tool and policy,” said Morgan. “The message to the entire world was sent loud and clear that the border is wide open.”

Morgan explained that 325,000 unaccompanied minors have been enticed to come to the U.S. border and the Biden administration has lost more than 80,000 underage minors, explained Morgan. 

“They have no idea where they are,” said Morgan. “Well, I know where they’re at. They’re at slaughterhouses and they’re being sex trafficked every single day in this country.”

“The Biden administration has abdicated their constitutional responsibilities,” said Morgan, “the states, like the great state of Texas, are now the nation’s last line of defense.” 

“Are you tired of Texas being attacked?” Asked U.S. Rep Chip Roy. “So am I… Texans are not gonna sit by and allow this to continue to happen.”

He encouraged the crowd that bills are moving in the U.S. House for border security and in the Texas House. 

“This state is going to send a loud message, and under the Constitution of the United States, we get to decide how to secure Texas,” said Roy. “We are a compassionate country, but we are a sovereign country. We should export the rule of law rather than importing fentanyl and lawlessness and dangerous cartels.”

“Texas is not gonna put up with this for another day,” said Roy. 

“I don’t understand if Texas is so great, why we are where we are,” said Lara Logan, calling out the Texas officials for allowing porn in schools, DEI in state government, and refusing to secure the border. 

Logan said there should be 10,000 people at the Capitol on Saturday, but instead they are instead standing on the side of the river watching people drown saying they hope somebody fixes this. 

“Where are you?” she asked.

Prior to the rally, Texas Moms for America held a press conference, with mother’s from across the state telling the crowd about the children they lost, to fentanyl poisoning or criminal illegal aliens. 

“I’m not asking for much,” said Marie Vega, whose husband was shot and her son killed by two illegal aliens out on bond while fishing with their family in South Texas. “I’m just asking that this be fixed.”

Sydnie Henry

A born and bred Texan, Sydnie serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government and is utilizing her research and writing skills to spread truth to Texans.