Brownsville, UNITED STATES
Rusty Monsees, owner of land that members of the "Patriots" are camped at near the U.S.-Mexico border,...
Rusty Monsees, owner of land that members of the "Patriots" are camped at near the U.S.-Mexico border, poses for a portrait at the camp outside Brownsville, Texas September 2, 2014. Monsees, 66, said "illegals" have poisoned his dogs and sprayed the windows of his house with bullets but he refuses to abandon his property. The "Patriots" are a heavily armed group who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, trying to deter immigrants from crossing the border illegally. The group, who portray themselves as defending the American way, use a strong display of force to intimidate anyone from making the crossing from Mexico into Texas. To critics, they are vigilantes spoiling for a fight. To the immigrants, they are another barrier to entry and to the U.S. Border Patrol, groups like this can either be a nuisance interfering with their operations or an aide in spotting migrants illegally trying to enter the country. Picture taken September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CRIME LAW)
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