FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MINUTEMAN 4th OF JULY BORDER WATCH TO INCLUDE MOBILE DESERT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
PHOENIX, AZ (June 29, 2006) – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), announced today the commencement of the 4th of July border watch operations on Friday, June 30th to now include a mobile daytime desert search and rescue operation.
DATE: Friday, June 30th ending Monday, July 3rd at 7 am
LOCATION: King Anvil Ranch, Three Points Arizona, Altar Valley (private property)
TIME: Border watch shifts will run from 7 pm-1 am, 1 am-7 am. Night border watch shifts only.
Simcox released the following statement about the new mobile search and rescue efforts at the border:
“Our wide-open borders present an attractive nuisance to those wishing to enter this country illegally. It is not physically possible to carry enough water to cross the vast expanse of desert between Arizona and Mexico, which causes death by dehydration for many who attempt to cross. The Minutemen have provided hundreds of gallons of water to those illegally entering this country each time we perform a stationary border watch operation and unfortunately we have found numerous dead bodies in the desert. Due to the forecasts of 110+ degree heat this weekend, we will have mobile units scouting trails where illegal entrants traverse and the lay-up sites where they assemble awaiting transportation into the interior of the United States. We will actively patrol these routes to render life-saving aid while reporting these illegal activities to the proper authorities.
“Not unlike someone who builds a fence to prohibit neighbors from the attractive nuisance presented by an unprotected swimming pool in their backyard, our vulnerable borders offer a lure to those wishing to enter this country illegally, who are not informed by their human smugglers of the jeopardy to their lives posed by an extended trip across the desert, especially in 110+ degree heat. As our government has thus far refused to do the humane thing and secure our borders, the Minutemen will use mobile search and rescue patrols to offer life-saving aid while reporting illegal entrants to the Border Patrol.”
NOTE: Media is invited to go along on Sunday but any involvement on these search and rescue efforts will be offered only to those who are in the proper shape to be able to function in this high temperature, life-threatening environment. They must be able to personally carry their own ample supplies, to include adequate water, on this patrol.