Were Marines + Army Rangers Just Sent To Texas Border?!

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Did General Eric M. Smith just send Marines and Army Rangers to join the Texas National Guard protecting the border?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Marines + Army Rangers Were Sent To Texas Border!

On 27 January 2024, Real Raw News posted an article (archive) claiming that General Eric M. Smith just sent Marines and Army Rangers to join the Texas National Guard protecting the border!

As usual, the article is long, rambling and confusing, so here is an excerpt. Please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

A White Hat convoy carrying crates of rifles and spools of razor wire arrived in Eagle Pass, Texas, Friday afternoon to support the Texas National Guard in its regional border dispute with unlawful federal forces, a source in General Eric M. Smith’s office told Real Raw News.

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US Marines at Texas border, 2018


Truth : Marines + Army Rangers Were Not Sent To Texas Border… Yet!

The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Real Raw News, just to generate page views and money.

Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website

Real Raw News is a fake news website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter (real name – Michael Tuffin), claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.

That disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news to go viral, and generate money.

His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website. Here are some of his fake stories that I debunked earlier:

Everything posted by Real Raw News must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Michael Baxter Tuffin
A March 2018 screenshot of Michael Tuffin, who goes by the pseudonym Michael Baxter

Fact #2 : Marines + Army Rangers Were Not Sent To Texas Border

This is really silly, but it has to be said – US Marines and Army Rangers were not sent to the Texas border to support Governor Greg Abbott’s refusal to comply with a recent US Supreme Court ruling, allowing US Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire placed on the Texas border.

Neither were any US Marine or Army Ranger instructed to wear the uniform of the Texas National Guard to “show solidarity”. That’s just utter nonsense.

Such an action would have been considered mutiny, and it would have been covered extensively by the US mainstream media, if not news organisations all over the world.

Yet, no legitimate media outlet reported such a shocking story? That’s because it never happened. It was all made up.

Fact #3 : Mutiny Carries A Death Penalty Sentence

The US military is subservient to the US civilian leadership, which is currently the Biden Administration under US President Joe Biden. Deploying military troops without a direct order by the Biden Administration would be mutiny under Article 94 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Military personnel committing mutiny would be subject to a court martial, and those found guilty shall be punished by death or other alternative punishments that the court martial may decide.

Fact #4 : US Marine Generals Don’t Command Army Rangers

The Real Raw News writer does not appear to understand the basic concept of the military chain of command, or the fact that the United States has multiple uniformed services.

General Eric M. Smith is the 39th commandant of the US Marine Corps, which is just one of eight uniformed services in the United States. He only has command over the US Marine Corps, but not the other uniformed services like the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.

In short – it is simply impossible for General Eric M. Smith to order US Army Rangers to do anything. The Rangers are part of the US Army, which is a completely different uniformed service.

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Fact #4 : US Military Have Been Deployed To Help DHS

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the federal agency in charge of the border at Texas and other US states.

The US military have been deployed to the Texas border on several occasions by the civilian administration of the day – in 2018 under President Trump, and in 2023 under President Biden. However, they were always there to assist the CBP, with the CBP deciding on where those Marines were deployed, and how they could assist.

The Real Raw News, on the other hand, is claiming that US Marines and US Army Rangers were deployed to help the Texas National Guard fight against the CBP. That’s just utter nonsense. If any US Marines were to be deployed in 2024, it would certainly be to help the CBP, not to fight against them.

Everything posted by Real Raw News should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.

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