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PHOENIX, AZ—The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) commend those citizens who actively voiced their opposition the DREAM ACT, the new stealth amnesty proposal that failed a critical cloture vote in the U.S. Senate earlier today, but remind them to keep pressuring their Senators to oppose amnesty in response to Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) threat to immediately reconsider this failed motion. This amnesty initiative seeks to officially create the roadmap to amnesty that continues to relentlessly advance over the rejection of the American people who oppose the many provisions that would grant U.S. citizenship to underage illegal aliens.

“We will not allow the Senate to legislate a lawbreaker assistance program,” states Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “Like we did in June and again this week, we need to jam Congressional faxes and phones in order to deliver a clarion message that we will not reward people who have violated existing federal statutes, stolen the identities of hardworking American citizens, and illicitly used tax-payer subsidized social services while remaining in this country illegally.”

The Minutemen urge citizens to IMMEDIATELY contact their Senators and demand that if Senator Reid attempts to revive the DREAM ACT, which is simply amnesty for underage illegal alien, that they OPPOSE it. Today’s vote should serve as message to Members of Congress that amnesty be viewed as a “must fail” piece of legislation.

The U.S. Senate should address the needs of national defense and national security, and empower and enforce the funding of a fence on our nation’s borders through the already enacted Secure Fence Act of 2006. Amnesty is provided through the DREAM ACT if:

  • the illegal alien can demonstrate continuous presence in the U.S. for five years and was not yet 16 years old upon initial entry;
  • the illegal alien is of "good moral character" and is not inadmissible on criminal grounds or because the illegal alien is a national security risk; an
  • the illegal alien has been admitted to an institution of higher education, has attained a high school diploma, or has obtained a GED in the U.S.

In an effort to curtail the “amnesty surge” at the border presently underway and the increase in illegal border crossings and drug trafficking that is traditionally highest during the months of April and October, Minutemen border watch volunteers have mustered nationally this month to monitor our embattled border line. Minutemen are watching along the border in California, Texas, New Mexico and Washington State in order to support U.S. Border Patrol agents, who are overworked since the departure of thousands of National Guard troops the President recently withdrew from deployment on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Unlike the U.S. government, the Minutemen have sustained border security as their top priority, and continue to implement a plan to reduce incursions that is more than just “virtual” and has garnered impressive results. Along with their border watches, it includes an effective material barrier—achieved by volunteering their time, energy and personal funds in order to build highly effective demonstration security fencing spans on private ranch land, expensed through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally. To provide a doable model of fencing, 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 which will utilize 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.

Carmen Mercer, Vice President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and head of its volunteer grandmothers’ border watch ‘Granny Brigade’ states, “It is wrong of our elected officials to be more concerned about the ability of illegal aliens to live the American Dream than about the prospects for our American children and grandchildren. We have a moral obligation to ensure that our returning servicemen and women have proper educational opportunities made available to them, and that we provide for the educational well-being of our lawful citizens. We have no obligation to provide entitlements to alien intruders whose first act in this country was to commit a crime. The American Dream is the dream of liberty, patriotism, security and prosperity for future generations of hard-working, law-abiding Americans – it is not a Dream of ill-gotten government entitlements – and that Dream of responsible self-government must not be diminished by blurring the lines of respect for the law through amnesty.”

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.

2007-10-24 12:27:46

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