PHOENIX, AZ —The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) will hold their first 2008 weekend- long border muster from January 11-13, 2008 at the King’s Anvil Ranch in Three Points, Arizona. This muster will serve to demonstrate citizen support and appreciation for the work conducted by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol. Our federal government policies leave these brave men and women needlessly and excessively exposed to border and cartel violence—our Border Patrol field agents are overworked and without adequate relief since the United Stated Congress purposefully withdrew the much needed funding for the physical border fence that President Bush promised on October 2006 when he signed the Secure Fence Act.
“MCDC volunteers know our Border Patrol agents are severely undermanned and continuously punished with less support and ever more high-risk demands—especially since the withdrawal of the National Guard last August,” states MCDC President and Founder Chris Simcox. “The Border Patrol receives an endless supply of empty political rhetoric and little else from Washington lawmakers who refuse to set the priorities or provide the necessary resources for securing our nation’s porous borders. Consequently, Minutemen volunteers continue our mission of vigilant support, watching and reporting along our largely unprotected borders.”
Current federal policies already raise concerns that our broken borders serve as an open pathway to an increasing illegal alien migrant invasion. MCDC believes that the media’s “no illegal immigrant story here” spin for last year’s New Jersey MS-13 gang execution-style murders, the threat to Fort Huachuca and reluctance by the federal government to enforce immigration laws, will exacerbate a worsening situation of criminal cartel border incursions and “coyote” migrant-trafficking violence, which has been fed by irresponsible “amnesty” talk from the Bush administration and liberals in Congress.
The results of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps border watch for illegal alien activities include:
- Border Sightings – over 30,500
- Confirmed with U.S. Border Patrol – 13,660 alien intruder apprehensions from 26 foreign countries
- Rescues – 310 saved from dying in the desert
- Five 30-day operations in five states totaling 750 days on Watch
- Seventy-two monthly weekend operations totaling 216 days on Watch
- Total days of Minutemen on Watch at the border 966 days
- 100 local chapters created in 50 states
- Minutemen on rolling Watch in local communities 365 days a year 24x7
- Defeating Amnesty Legislation in Washington, DC
- Leading the Charge: Making the Illegal Alien Invasion and Border Security a National Issue
Unlike the U.S. government, the Minutemen have already been implementing a plan for border security that is more than “virtual” and that includes an effective material barrier—by volunteering 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. To educate the public and force federal government attention to the realities of border security, Minuteman volunteers have taken steps to build this fence along the border utilizing state of the art technology with 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, and recently featured in National Geographic magazine. Simcox concludes, “By monitoring the borders and building effective and affordable fencing, MCDC patriots shall serve as a deterrent to illegal alien lawbreakers and demonstrate border security to the feds—because true border security for America is the only way to resolve this crisis. It is our duty to see that the withdrawal of the National Guard presence and lack of a full-border physical fence does not send the wrong message to international drug dealers, career criminals and terrorists with designs upon America—there is no ‘Welcome Mat’ out for the lawless here as long as the Minutemen continue in their patriotic mission.”