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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (ChurchMilitant.com) - The week-long Take Our Borders Back Convoy is rolling out of Jacksonville, Florida, today enroute to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It's the second day of the historic event.
The convoy, now monikered God's Army, set off from Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Monday to protest the record number of migrants crossing illegally into the United States. It's headed for multiple sites in U.S. southern border states — Quemado, Texas (Eagle Pass); Yuma, Arizona; and San Ysidro, a district in San Diego, California — for simultaneous rallies on Feb. 3.
YG Nyghtstorm, one of the main organizers of the event and interim executive director of Church Militant, said Tuesday, "We picked up 50 vehicles in Jacksonville, and we're expecting hundreds more in Louisiana."
"The day is here for unity, for evangelization," he declared. "The Holy Spirit is in our midst — as real as He was at Pentecost."
He repeated what he said yesterday, "Church Militant is the tip of the spear here. We're God's army — 'we the people' fighting for our country and for Christ."
Craig Hudgins, another Catholic convoy organizer, also expressed the enthusiasm of the moment.
"We're traveling — fighting — for the lifeblood of our country and our Faith. We're doing it with Jesus. Count on Him for all matters," he urged.
Both men said they begin and end each day with prayer — and a lot in between. They both have repeated the Biblical theme of the convoy, asking patriots to recite with them 2 Chronicles 7-14: "If then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land."
Hudgins said one of the things he learned when he served as a Marine in the crossfire of the invasion of Grenada in the 1980s was the importance of borders.
"Any nation that cannot control its borders will dissolve," he said.
He also said that as a Catholic, he sees the face of Jesus in the immigrants suffering and caught up in globalist plots. He also sees the face of Jesus in the American people suffering as a result of what he calls "the invasion."
The organizer said the situation brings to mind what Paul told the Church at Ephesus: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
"The plotters are causing insult to God's creation in the trafficked migrant children and adults and to the citizens of the U.S. It is an abomination that must be stopped, and this convoy is bringing attention to it," he added.
Hudgins expressed disappointment with Catholic Charities, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) which is nonetheless housing migrant children in various dioceses in exchange for millions of dollars from the federal government.
The organization has been criticized by conservatives for its role in illegal migration in part because of the situation's link to child sex-trafficking and national security risks.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote to Congress last fall to attack Republican attempts to secure the southern border and support the Biden administration's request to spend billions more in taxpayer funds on immigraton-related issues in 2024.
Similarly, a Texas bishop stood with state Democrats in November to oppose a package of bills intended to strengthen border security.
The convoy is happening as unprecedented events play out because of the porous borders.
This week, the Supreme Court sided with federal agents to temporarily allow the removal of razor wire put in place by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott along the Rio Grande. The state is using wire and state border agents to block Border Patrol from accessing a section of land near Eagle Pass. Homeland Security is demanding access to the area by the end of this week. But the governor is holding his ground.
The House Judiciary Committee reported in 2023 that between Jan. 20, 2021, and March 31, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security released more than 2 million illegal aliens into the United States. Fewer than 6,000 of them were ever deported. A watchdog group is suing the Biden administration for hiding an amnesty policy that transports previously deported illegal aliens back into the United States.
Customs and Border Patrol apprehended a record-shattering 300,000 illegal immigrants in December alone.
The U.S. House of Representatives is moving ahead with impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over border concerns. An effort to impeach him failed in November. Only one cabinet secretary has ever been impeached by the U.S. House — President Ulysses Grant's secretary of war in 1876.
For more information, visit the Take Our Border Back Convoy website.
This is a developing story Church Militant will continue to cover.