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Texas Butterfly Center Forced To Close Indefinitely After QAnon Conspiracies Lead To Threats

Texas Butterfly Center Forced To Close Indefinitely After QAnon Conspiracies Lead To Threats
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The National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, has closed indefinitely after Republican QAnon conspiracists demanded "to see all the illegals crossing on the raft," alleging the sanctuary's dock is being used to smuggle migrants for human trafficking purposes.

The Houston Chronicle reported "threats against the center escalated in recent days," including one instance when executive director Marianna Treviño-Wright was accused by Virginia GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Lowe of using the center to permit "children being sex trafficked and raped and murdered."

Treviño-Wright expressed concerns about keeping the organization open during this weekend’s “We Stand America” rally in nearby McAllen, Texas.

She says the rally will attract people with a penchant for violent confrontation.

“The playbook is to incite violence We simply can’t risk our lives or those of our members and visitors, knowing that this hate speech, domestic terrorist organization is planning their national midterm kickoff rally in McAllen.”

The "We Stand America" rally's organizers claim that the event "will focus on border law enforcement and the direct connection to election integrity from a Biblical worldview."

The organization's website takes a hardline stance on immigration, making the erroneous claim that "illegals are beholden to their Marxist overlords."

So vitriolic have been the organization's encounters with QAnon adherents—who believe Democrats are part of a Satan-worshipping, baby-eating global pedophile ring that conspired against former President Donald Trump during his time in office—it has chosen to close its doors indefinitely, citing security concerns.

Many have come out in support of the center while criticizing QAnon adherents for promoting baseless conspiracies.

The butterfly sanctuary drew the ire of former President Trump when it filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking to halt the Trump administration's plans to build his long-proposed border wall through the 100-acre nature preserve.

At the time, Treviño-Wright said she witnessed contractors employed by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using chainsaws to clear protected habitat.

The organization accused the Trump administration of unlawful incursion, saying its efforts were in direct violation of the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, which require federal authorities to conduct an environmental assessment before embarking on major construction projects.