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VIRTUAL FENCE WILL FAIL TO DETER ILLEGALS
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET CREATES ANOTHER SMOKESCREEN MASKING INADEQUATE NATIONAL SECURITY MEASURES
PHOENIX, AZ –The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) urges President George W. Bush to spend the $1.8 billion dollars allocated in the proposed FY2008 budget on a physical border fence, rather than a “virtual fence” that will create another smokescreen masking the danger of our country’s porous borders. America’s highly vulnerable condition of domestic national security in a time of international war demands a physical barrier.
“There is an urgent need to secure the border and it starts with the federal government adopting our affordable and doable model, and completing the fence that the Minutemen have already begun building,” states Chris Simcox, President and founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “The United States government keeps building an elaborate smokescreen to fool the citizens of this country into believing that they are protected from terrorists, violent drug dealers and rapists—but the government’s so-called fence doesn’t serve the purposes of national security or public safety at all.
Even while the U.S. Congress “authorized” and then neglected to fund a fence on the United States-Mexico border last year, Minutemen Corps volunteers have successfully completed “Phase One” of the Minuteman Border Fence near Palominas, Arizona. MCDC members continue to volunteer their time to build security fence sections on private ranch land, funded through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally.
MCDC’s fence model is affordable and technologically proven—and Minutemen Corps volunteers are proceeding with plans to build demonstration fencing along the border incorporating 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.
Simcox continues, “The ‘virtual’ fence is a diplomacy ploy; it is about appeasing foreign and domestic special interests. The feds need to get serious about national security, and put some of their taxpayer-paid time, effort and funding into building fence, not fairy tales.”
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.
Images of the Minuteman Fence can be found on our website www.minutemanhq.com and high resolution images for publication can be provided upon request.