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PHOENIX, AZ —The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) urge all citizens to contact their elected officials and urge them to expedite the construction of physical barrier fencing, and to increase, re-commit and re-deploy National Guard troops on our nation’s southwestern border in light of yesterday’s dismal GAO findings. Since 2005, Minutemen volunteers have telling Washington lawmakers that U.S. Border Patrol agents are understaffed and undermined by official policy, and that their efforts alone will not stop the relentless onslaught of illegal aliens, drug and sex trafficking that occurs on the U.S.-Mexican border.

“The GAO report proves the need for Minutemen to continue monitoring our borders until the government allocates the appropriate resources to ensure our nation’s borders are secured,” states MCDC President and Founder Chris Simcox. “Border Patrol agents continue to receive an endless supply of empty political rhetoric—and little else—from Washington lawmakers and this administration, who refuse to set the priorities or provide the necessary support while the agents’ high-risk situation worsens, especially since the draw-down of the National Guard in August.”

The GAO reported the same failures MCDC has cited for years. The brave men and women of the Border Patrol and the citizens of this nation have been failed by the leadership within the Department of Homeland Security, who are cited for allowing:

  • Weaknesses in traveler inspection procedures;
  • Weaknesses in physical infrastructure;
  • Problems with staffing

To cite some of the more specific and egregious problems that the federal government is willing to admit to, the GAO reported that:

  • Officers exhausted from double shifts called in sick to avoid overtime duty;
  • Poor morale had driven officers out of the agency;
  • There are instances of officers’ waving vehicles and pedestrians into the country without stopping them;
  • Travelers were allowed into the country by verbally telling an officer that they are U.S. citizens without being compelled to show identification.

Since the U.S. government has refused to properly support Border Patrol agents in the field, the Minutemen have already been implementing a plan for border security that is more than “virtual” and 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, and as funding permits plan to 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, on high-trafficked area fence span recently featured in National Geographic magazine.

Simcox concludes, “It is our duty to ensure that the overworked Border Patrol agents, the withdrawal of the National Guard presence and a lack of a full-border physical fence does not send the wrong message to international drug dealers, career criminals and terrorists with designs upon America. By monitoring the borders and building effective and affordable fencing in key areas, MCDC patriots shall serve as a deterrent to illegal alien lawbreakers and demonstrate actual border security to the Feds—because effective, efficient and affordable border security NOW for America is the only way to resolve this crisis.”

2007-11-09 10:12:38

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