Texas Border Volunteers to speak at Republican Women of Yoakum meeting

Leaders of the Texas Border Volunteers will speak at the Republican Women of Yoakum's monthly meeting Wednesday at the Yoakum Community Center in Yoakum.

Retired Master Sgt. Jim Gibson, Dr. Mike Vickers and Linda Vickers, organizers and leaders of the Texas Border Volunteers, will speak on the illegal immigration problem.

Gibson serves as the executive vice president and media liaison. He speaks frequently to tea party and civic groups throughout the state. Gibson was recently a featured speaker at the National Security Intelligence Seminar for law enforcement in Galveston.

The Texas Border Volunteers was organized in 2006 to assist law enforcement officials with securing the border and educating the public about the illegal immigration problem. The volunteers pay for their own supplies and expenses, according to a news release from the Republican Women of Yoakum.

They are trained and then placed on private ranches along the border. They call and report to the Border Patrol any movement of people suspected of entering the country illegally, according to the news release.

Gibson said a surge of people are suspected of entering the country illegally from China and South America. Since January, 148,000 arrests have been made in the Rio Grande Sector. The Tucson, Ariz., Sector reported about 63,000 arrests during the same time period., according to the news release.

The Republican Women of Yoakum meet at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Visitors are welcome.

Lunch is served. Freewill donations are accepted. For more information, call Brenda Cash at 361-594-4258.