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Militia Groups Stand Firm On Providing Border Security

Texas Matters: A Texas militia group takes border security into their own hands. Also on this show: Bill Powers out at University of Texas, Phil Collins on why he loves the Alamo.

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Members of a militia group have issued an action alert and have gathered south of San Antonio for what they call Operation Secure our Border. The commander of the militia group is 37-year-old Chris Davis. This interview was recorded on July 3.

Who watches the militiamen?

The ACLU of Texas and other civil rights groups like the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voices Network are closely monitoring groups like the militia and also the DPS and the U.S. Border Patrol.

They have set up what they call “border reality checkpoints.” Astrid Dominguez is with the ACLU of Texas. They are monitoring and recording accounts of abuse on the border during this humanitarian crisis with the wave of refugee children from Central America.

Also on this edition of Texas Matters:

Politics of Powers' exit from UT

Bill Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, has resigned, but stays on the job until June 2015. That’s a long exit. And it’s questionable if it will provide much immediate help in soothing out the disturbances with the U.T. Board of Regents.

Harvey Kronberg of the Quorum Report joins us to explain what’s going on.

Phil Collins loves the Alamo

Recently rock star Phil Collins announced he was donating his massive collection of Alamo artifacts to the Alamo for display. This is the world’s greatest catalog of historic items related to the San Antonio historic mission and battle for Texas independence.

From the Texas Matters archive, I spoke to Collins in 2011 about his obsession with the Alamo.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi