The Official Minuteman Civil Defense Corps

Press Release - Illegal Immigration




PIMA COUNTY, AZ— Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) volunteers spent the weekend assisting U.S. Border Patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border, where Border Patrol agents successfully apprehended over 135 illegal aliens out of the almost 400 that were observed entering the United States in the Altar Valley of Arizona.  These apprehensions all occurred during the first sixty hours of “Operation Stand Your Ground”—MCDC’s national border monitoring effort scheduled throughout the entire month of April, with participation from over 3,500 volunteers and 2 Minutemen observation planes.

“The Altar Valley is being overrun by illegal aliens, and the U.S. Border Patrol agents do not have the resources to successfully interdict these incursions—which is exactly why it has become necessary for the Minutemen to stand our ground and help defend this nation,” stated Chris Simcox, founder and President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.  “We need to secure our borders immediately, and this can only be done with more manpower, and a fence.”

MCDC’s month-long national muster, which seeks to assist the U.S. Border Patrol and expose to the nation that our borders continue to remain porous to the flood of illegal border trafficking, is in stark contrast to President Bush’s false pledge of “comprehensive immigration reform” that will grant amnesty to lawbreakers already living within the United States.  The President’s policy does nothing to secure our porous borders or ensure that our country will account for the more than 600,000 fugitive illegal aliens whose whereabouts the Department of Homeland Security cannot account.

Violence on the border is such a severe problem that many Border Patrol agents in the field carried AR-15's and two agents were forced to defend themselves from an attack by drug dealers 10 miles South of the MCDC headquarters. With only 35 agents in the field during any eight-hour shift and thousands of illegal aliens flooding over the border, agents were often unable to respond to calls from MCDC members who spotted numerous groups consisting of over 30 illegal aliens each.

Two Border Patrol Field Supervisors monitoring MCDC operations this weekend pledged an increase in support from the Border Patrol, especially during the April operation.  MCDC will continue to conduct their bi-annual thirty day national muster along the U.S.-Mexican border in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona as well as monitoring the U.S.-Canada border in New York, New Hampshire and Washington State.

This weekend, MCDC volunteers encountered 7 illegal aliens urgently requiring aid, food and water, among who were included a seven year old child.  The illegal aliens stumbled across Minuteman Corps border monitoring posts is a distressed state.  Also discovered nearby one of their watchposts by Minutemen volunteers was the body of a deceased male border crosser.  He had crawled under a bush in a small wash; he appeared to have broken his leg and was left behind to die by the ruthless “coyote” trafficker paid to assist him jump the U.S. borderline.

Furthermore, the Minutemen continue to volunteer 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.  Minuteman volunteers have taken steps to build fence along the border utilizing 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 concluded, “It is high time our national and local leaders understand the grave situation we face here on the border.  Our country is being invaded by drug dealers, terrorists and thugs who have no respect for and no fear of our law enforcement officials—and who will therefore do anything they can to the point of mayhem and murder to exploit our porous borders and this country’s resources.”

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.

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