KENNEDY AND LEAHY UNDERMINE OUR NATIONAL SECURITY
PHOENIX, AZ— The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) express grave concerns over the Judiciary Committee hearing set for today chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in which a call for an amnesty program is expected by Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and John McCain (R-AZ) under the guise of “guest worker programs” and “comprehensive immigration reform.” MCDC is so concerned over this legislation that its Founder and President Chris Simcox will be in attendance while Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff provides excuses for why our country allows its porous borders to serve as a gateway for terrorism, drug and sex trafficking.
“Even if I am not provided an opportunity to testify to the facts that Secretary Chertoff will exclude, I will sit in the committee room to ensure these Senators understand that there is an urgent need to secure the border and the citizens of this country will not roll over while they cave into the addictions of drug addicts and Corporate America,” states Chris Simcox, President and founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. “The United States government keeps building an elaborate smokescreen to fool the citizens of this country into believing that they are protected from terrorists, violent drug dealers and rapists—but the government’s so-called comprehensive plan doesn’t serve the purposes of national security or public safety at all.”
Rather than address the enforcement of current immigration laws or funding the fence of the Southern Border which Congress “authorized” and then neglected last year, today’s hearing seeks to promote a policy that advances a roadmap to amnesty while only focusing on technological measures for security. Comprehensive Immigration Reform, as it has been introduced by the President and Congress, is nothing more than platitudes.
Even while the U.S. Congress voted to authorize, but failed to fund a fence on the United States-Mexico border, the Minutemen have continued to volunteer their time to build a security fence through private donations obtained from thousands of citizens nationally. MCDC has already taken steps to build demonstration fencing along the border 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.
Simcox continues, “When will our elected leaders look to ensure our nation’s security rather than continuing to open our doors to international gang syndicates, arms dealers, rapists, drug traffickers and terrorists? It is ridiculous for them to worry about the privacy of lawbreakers, rather than the security of our porous borders and the safety of our citizens.”
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.