CHRIS SIMCOX CONTINUES TO LEAD THE FIGHT TO BUILD PHYSICAL FENCE ON OUR NATION’S BORDERS
WASHINGTON, DC— Chris Simcox, President and Founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) will return to Washington, DC, today to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs in an effort to encourage Congress to execute the border security provisions of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, whose funding has already been appropriated, but not spent. Simcox is also meeting with U.S. House sponsors of the newly introduced Secure Borders First Act.
According to the Los Angeles Times yesterday, “In a sharp rebuke to President Bush, House Republicans today introduced their own immigration reform and border security bill, a tough measure that would bar illegal immigrants from gaining legal status, require employers to check the legal status of all workers and make English the nation's official language...The Secure Borders First Act stresses operational control over the border as one of its core principles. The bill would reject ‘amnesty’ and insist that the administration do more to enforce existing laws.
According to the Times, “The lawmakers behind the bill also introduced a seven-page resolution detailing the myriad ways in which they believe the Bush administration and its predecessors have not only failed to implement immigration laws, but made it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S.”
“This is more like it,” says Chris Simcox, founder and President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “MCDC has been stalwart in advocating border security be implemented immediately with funds that have already been allocated to the Department of Homeland Security’s treasury—and rejecting the Bush administration and Senate’s calls for massive hypothetical spending from hypothetical billions of new dollars for “virtual” border security schemes tied to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.”
The Minutemen have just spent more than six weeks increasing constituent pressure on Capitol Hill since the introduction of Senate Bill 1348. With 92 chapters nationwide, their organizational efforts have included meeting with Members of Congress, e-mail blasts, fax blasts, rallies, print, radio and television advertisements encouraging citizens to contact their elected officials as well as informing all 50 Republican State Chairmen that passage of amnesty legislation will have a deleterious effect upon Republican candidate support during the 2008 election cycle.
Simcox concludes, “When will our elected officials realize that if the Mexican government drops off five bus loads of people at the border, the virtual fencing will do nothing to stop their entry… All we will have with the Senate sell-out is a daily trajectory for thousands more of illegal aliens jumping our border.”
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 aid in the construction of 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.