BORDER PATROL AGENTS PRAISE MINUTEMEN EFFORTS AS BORDER CROSSINGS INCREASE – CONTRADICTING DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTS
PHOENIX, AZ— Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) volunteers spent the weekend in Arizona’s Altar Valley, assisting U.S. Border Patrol along various sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border, where field agents say illegal crossing are at an all-time high. In stark contrast to the harsh realities faced during this run-up to the Minuteman Corps month-long national April muster, which will seek to help stem the flood of illegal border trafficking, President Bush returned from Mexico having pledged to support “comprehensive immigration reform” that promises still greater and greater waves of illegal migrant crossings of those seeking “amnesty.”“This should never be happening – and our government must secure the borders now,” stated Chris Simcox, founder and President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “We could close the border with more manpower, and the Minutemen intend to do so next month.”
MCDC volunteers encountered 54 illegal aliens urgently requiring aid, food and water who stumbled across Minuteman border monitoring posts. These illegal aliens had traveled from as far away as Guatemala and El Salvador, and among their groups were comprised men, women, and teenage girls traveling with a man who was identified as a non-family member, and eleven persons that eventually escaped the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Minutemen, who continuously receive praise from rank-and file members of our nation’s Border Patrol, will conduct their bi-annual thirty day national muster next month with over 3,500 people from around the country volunteering to monitor over 800 miles of the border. The operation is designed to reduce the illegal crossings and drug trafficking that is traditionally highest during the months of April and October. Reduced crossings will save lives, and reduce Americans’ tax dollars from being exploited by illegal aliens who seek use of our nation’s social services. Minutemen will muster along the U.S.-Mexican border in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona as well as the U.S.-Canada border in New York, New Hampshire and Washington state.
In addition to border monitoring efforts, the Minutemen continue to volunteer their time, energy and personal funds in order to build highly effective demonstration security fencing on private ranch land, expensed through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally. Minuteman volunteers have taken steps to build fence along the border utilizing the fiber optic mesh produced by FOMGuard, USA, also currently in use on U.S. military installations, the DMZ in Korea and the West Bank in Israel.
The Minuteman Corps is committed to this fence project as a means of helping embattled American ranchers on our unprotected frontier, as well as showing our fellow citizens and Washington D.C. political “leaders” that good fences make good neighbors. Even while the U.S. Congress “authorized” significant federal funding for a fence on the United States-Mexico border last year, the Bush administration has neglected to proceed with the project – apparently because of political pandering to Mexico.
In reflecting upon statements made by President Bush in Mexico last week, Simcox recalled the strong commitment to American sovereignty shown during his presidency by Ronald Reagan, who stated, “The specter that our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face is that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and appeasement does not give you a choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender. We are told that the problem is too complex for a simple answer… [w]e must have the courage to what we know is morally right and this policy of accommodation asks us to accept the greatest possible immorality.”
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) is a peaceful, law-abiding and citizen-led initiative organized to stand watch at our borders and in our neighborhoods, report illegal activities to the proper authorities, and build border fencing on private lands using private donations. Additionally, MCDC seeks to urge local and federal officials to enforce our immigration laws in order to keep our families and country safe. MCDC conducts border watch operations that assist the activities of the U.S. Border Patrol, reports employers of illegal aliens, and advocates to keeps tax dollars from being used for illegal alien benefits.