FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—12 March 2008
CONTACT: Bryan Rudnick, (703) 822-4665
MINUTEMEN TO MONITOR THE BORDER, REPORT ILLEGAL CROSSINGS AND SUPPORT BORDER PATROL AGENTS IN SECURING OUR POROUS BORDERS
PHOENIX, AZ — The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) is pleased to announce their semi-annual Spring border watch operation entitled “Operation Sovereignty,” scheduled from 28 March through 31 April 2008 in Arizona, California, Texas and Washington State. It shall serve to demonstrate citizen support and appreciation for the work conducted by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol, who are excessively exposed to border and crime cartel violence—especially since the United States Congress purposefully withdrew the much needed funding for the physical border fence that President Bush promised when he signed the Secure Fence Act in October 2006.
“Minutemen volunteers continue our mission of vigilant support, watching, and reporting along our largely unprotected borders, particularly during periods of increased border incursions,” states MCDC President and Founder Chris Simcox. “The Border Patrol receives an endless supply of empty political rhetoric and little else from Washington lawmakers who refuse to set the proper priorities or provide the necessary resources to secure our nation’s porous borders—preferring to rely upon flawed ‘virtual’ fence technology, rather than deter the invasion of over 2,000 illegal entrants daily."
Current federal policies already raise concerns that our broken borders serve as an open pathway to an increasing illegal alien migrant invasion. MCDC believes that the media’s “no illegal immigrant story here” spin for January’s violent murder of U.S. Border Agent Luis Aguilar, the terrorist plot against Fort Huachuca, attempted systematic decapitations of Border Patrol agents by desert booby-traps, and reluctance by the federal government to crackdown and enforce immigration laws, will exacerbate a worsening situation of criminal cartel border incursions and “coyote” migrant-trafficking violence, which has been fed by irresponsible “amnesty-is-coming” talk from the Bush Administration and liberals in Congress.
The results of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps border watch for illegal alien activities include:
- Border Sightings – over 30,962
- Confirmed with U.S. Border Patrol – 13,787 alien intruder apprehensions from 26 foreign countries
- Rescues – 313 saved from dying in the desert
- Five 30-day operations in five states totaling 750 days on Watch
- Seventy-two monthly weekend operations totaling 220 days on Watch
- Total days of Minutemen on Watch at the border 969 days
- 100 local chapters created in 50 states
- Minutemen on rolling Watch in local communities 365 days a year 24x7
- Defeating Amnesty Legislation in Washington, DC
- Leading the Charge: Making the Illegal Alien Invasion and Border Security a National Issue
Unlike the U.S. government, the Minutemen have already been implementing a plan for border security that is more than “virtual” and 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, so that it may 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.
Simcox concludes, “It is our duty to see that the withdrawal of the National Guard presence and 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—there is no ‘Welcome Mat’ out for the lawless here, as long as the Minutemen continue their patriotic mission. By monitoring the borders and building effective and affordable fencing, MCDC patriots shall serve as a deterrent to illegal alien lawbreakers and demonstrate effective border security to the feds—because the provision of true border security for America is the only way to resolve this crisis.”
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.
For more information, visit http://www.minutemanhq.com/hq/borderops.php
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