Source:  Dan Lyman

American soldiers in Texas are being menaced by heavily-armed cartel thugs positioned along the Rio Grande, according to reports.

Images provided to Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin by the Texas Department of Public Safety appear to depict men wearing body armor and carrying rifles standing in battle-ready positions on the Mexican side of the river.Now that you’re intellectually ahead, stay physically ahead by visiting our store.

“In multiple instances over the past several days, Texas DPS tells me suspected cartel gunmen involved in human smuggling have stood in & near the Rio Grande in Starr County and taunted TX National Guard soldiers. They wear tac vests & have AK47s,” Melugin wrote on social media on Wednesday.

Melugin was recently forced to abruptly end a video report at the border when gunfire erupted near his location.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd was asked to address the photos during an interview on Fox and Friends on Thursday morning.

“Those images are disturbing, and I hope that they disturbed the viewers at home, but to law enforcement like myself, it’s not surprising,” Judd said. “My agents and I understand that these cartels are in it for a profit. They understand exactly what’s going on with politics here in the United States.”

“They understand the mood of the American public, and they understand that with the Defund the Police movement, with all of the talk about getting rid of law enforcement and vilifying law enforcement, that they’ve been emboldened. They know that they can get away with things that otherwise they would have never been able to get away with.”

Border Patrol agents have been targeted by shooters in Mexico on many occasions so far this year.