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SENATE OFFERS PLATITUDES NOT NEW PLANS
IMMIGRATION BILL CREATES A ROADMAP TO AMNESTY
PHOENIX, AZ- The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps have increased efforts to
defeat Senate Bill 9, the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007," scheduled for a Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, 31 January. This bill seeks to create a roadmap for amnesty rather than call for the strict enforcement of current immigration laws or provide funding for more border patrol agents and the construction of a security fence. Senate Bill 9 is sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), both of whom voted against the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
"There is an urgent need to secure the border and it starts with building a fence, not providing a 'yellow-brick road' to amnesty," stated Chris Simcox, President and founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. "Our broken borders are a national security breach of the first order-creating an enormous decline in public safety nationwide via illegal alien-perpetrated violent crime, gang felonies, identity theft, contraband running and sex trafficking."
Even while the U.S. Congress "authorized" and then neglected to fund a fence on the United States-Mexico border last year, the Minutemen continue to volunteer their time to build a security fence through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally. The first 10 miles of phase one started on Memorial Day 2006 will be completed Sunday January 28, 2007 and MCDC has already taken steps to build more demonstration fencing along the border 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.
"We are concerned that the Senate bill creates a roadmap for amnesty but neglects to advocate for strict enforcement of current laws and the building of a fence," added Simcox. "Therefore, we are continuing to organize efforts to increase pressure on Washington lawmakers so that the national security interests of our country are not jeopardized, like they were in 1986-the last time the Congress handed out a free pass to citizenship by permitting amnesty."
MCDC has served as a deterrent to illegal immigration and amnesty since October 2002, networking with over a half million activists in support of border security. MCDC has located and reported to U.S. Border Patrol agents over 10,000 lawbreakers who were apprehended for entering our country illegally, and rescued over 200 individuals stranded in the desert, and requiring humanitarian aid. Additionally, the Minutemen have identified and turned over thousands of pounds of illegal contraband to the proper authorities.
Later today, MCDC will comment on the Arizona Committee hearing regarding the National Guard being overrun by drug traffickers earlier this month on the U.S.-Mexican border.
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.