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Rogers uses a website and hotline to coordinate donations and supply lines to militia groups in the field. Asked how many people that amounted to, she said, “I couldn’t tell you that because it could compromise their security.”

She said the teams she knows keep sheriffs’ offices and the Border Patrol apprised of their activity. Asked about the Texas Militia members appearing in Mission without identifying themselves, Rogers said, “They should have. I can’t imagine that they didn’t.”

The teams, she said, try to advise the Border Patrol as soon as they spot illegal activity.

They will detain people until authorities arrive, although Rogers acknowledged they have no authority to hold anyone.

“Usually the people coming across are so scared they just sit there and wait,” she said.

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