'God's Army' protesters rally in Texas against migrant crossings

March 21, 2024

Scrawled on the side of one of the vehicles reaching Quemado -- population 162 -- were the words "Join the God Fight." One of the event's organizers, suggesting holy backing for their cause, has called those massing here "God's Army." "Migration on the border is out of control," 43-year-old Robyn Forzano, who was guarding the entrance to the Quemado ranch where protesters were meeting, told AFP. Eagle Pass, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Quemado, has become the epicenter of a prickly conflict between Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, and the Biden administration. "That river today is a disaster zone," Jessie Fuentes, who owns a kayak rental business near the Rio Grande, told journalists.