Minutemen and Supporters:
Just finishing up another great weekend at Operation Block Watch in Pima County Arizona! This weekend, we hosted Boy Scout Troop #141 out of Tucson for a clean up of the North end of Kings Ranch. For those that are familiar, we all know that Coleman Rd ends in a Cul-de-Sac which backs up to the King Ranch. Illegal Aliens use this location as a massive load area where they discard their clothing, backpacks, hygiene gear to load into cars headed for interior portions of the USA. This area of the Kings Ranch has literally tons upon tons of litter left behind. It was the mission of Troop #141 to clean up an environment in their community as part of one of their members Eagle Scout status.
20 young men and a few hardy parents joined with us for Friday PM and camped out at our Minuteman camping area. They were given a brick radio so they could hear the Minuteman activities on the lines/post that night. Saturday at 8AM we met at the ranch house and caravanned out to the lay up spot for a day cleaning up! By noon, they had filled 75 large garbage bags, 3 trucks filled with trash! The photos below show the hard work they put into the days events, they are to be commended.
Out on the lines, the radios were going wild both Friday and Saturday nights. Post Bravo 2 spotted 6 come up to the post. The Minutemen on post lit-them up, 5 scattered and one lone soul stood in the spotlight wondering what just happened! One other IA was found, and USBP was unable to locate the other 4. However, the one that stood his ground upon being lit-up was in fact.........the coyote! He was wearing American Army camo pants, really nice hiking boots and a Mexican Army canvas backpack. USBP agent inspected his gear and came across his cell phone! Oooops! Forgot to ditch that did ya! When an agent finds the cell phone, he's found the guide (Coyote) of the group and can charge them with smuggling, which the agent assured us would be done. The coyote spoke English, and of course denied that he could. But as we waited an hour for USBP to come to pick him up, he laughed at the jokes the Minutemen were telling on post!
We are learning a bit more about coyotes and how to spot them in a group. They are typically heavier in weight, no visible signs of exhaustion, better dressed with better gear. Minutemen do not inspect gear or pat down IAs, that's done by USBP agents when they take them into custody. As we watch the agents inspect their gear, we are seeing that the guides have not only cell phones, but better food and clothing in their packs. They are different in appearance to the typical IA as they usually appear drawn, exhausted and not dressed for miles of hiking in the desert.
Saturday PM out on the Kolbe Line, our fearless Tucson Chapter Leader Lance Altherr had 15 come across his post! In fact, he lit them up and they immediately stopped and sat down all by one light! With only two Minutemen on post, it was a bit overwhelming and other Minutemen from the next post over came to help ensure that the area was safe for everyone. USBP agents made their way to the Kolbe Line with 2 vehicles to pick them up. All was well as 15 IAs were quickly deported back to Mexico only to make another try sometime later this week!
Today, our numbers are 322 sightings and 144 apprehensions by USBP from those sightings for the month. Yes, the numbers are far lower than we saw in April (1500 sighted), however they are still coming across, bypassing USBP Operation 'Willpower' and the US National Guard standing post only 35 miles south of our location on the border! The USBP apprehends only 1 in 3 that come across, and MCDC AZ is effecting a 1 in 3 apprehension rate on the ones the USBP agents miss. As I write this tonight, across the scanner came a USBP call that in Three Points; a USBP agent was shot at by a drive by car-and are now chasing them into Tucson. Our USBP agents have a dangerous job and we are thankful they are there to defend Americas front lines.
One week left at Operation Block Watch. You too can come stand a post and help prove to the government that the average American can do the jobs the government is failing to do, 5 years after 9-11. We have over 225 Minutemen come through our operation in Arizona representing 25 US States, now that's pretty darn exciting!
Enjoy the photos!
AZ State Director