MINUTEMEN DEMAND ACTION NOT JUST LIP SERVICE
PHOENIX, AZ— The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) express deep skepticism towards Republican members of the United State Senate, who after having lunch with President Bush, proposed an amendment late yesterday that claims to secure the border before enacting the faulty “comprehensive immigration reform” demanded by the President. Rather than continue their efforts to legislate amnesty programs, Congress and the President should yield to the will of the people, listen to U.S. citizens like the Minutemen and their coalition members, and execute the border security provisions of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, whose funding has already been appropriated, but not spent.
“Until our borders are secured with a physical barrier, we will continue to assume our politicians are rewarding illegal behavior instead of addressing a serious national security concern,” states Chris Simcox, founder and President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “We saw the President sign the Secure Fence Act last year and are still waiting to see the government build a fence.”
The new amendment was crafted by Senators John Kyl (R-AZ), Mel Martinez (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), all of whom have championed the President’s amnesty legislation. The Minutemen urge citizens to immediately contact all Senate offices in order to voice their opposition to the amnesty bill, as well as to remind all Members of Congress to enforce the funding of a security fence on our nation’s borders that received passage in both the U.S. House and the Senate, and was signed into law by President Bush last year.
Simcox concludes,” We have spent vast resources and time conveying the priority of border security to our elected officials. They have disappointed us in the past and trust has been severely breached… so we will keep up the pressure until they act with material commitments made side-by-side with Minutemen volunteers—who are already securing our nation’s borders.”
Unlike the U.S. government, the Minutemen have already been implementing a plan for border security 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.
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.