THE PEOPLE’S PLAN: SECURE THE BORDER, BUILD THE FENCE, ENFORCE THE LAWS!
MINUTEMEN URGE CITIZENS TO KEEP PRESSURE ON FOR BORDER SECURITY FIRST
WASHINGTON, DC— The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) express gratitude to the 54 Senators who voted against the cloture votes this morning in the U.S. Senate that would have brought wholesale amnesty for the more than 12 million illegal foreign nationals living within our country—including known gang members, felons, and those with ties to seditionist and terrorist fronts. MCDC leaders encourage citizens to continue their calls to Congress for “Border Security First,” where the phone system reportedly experienced “meltdown” due to the enormous volume of outraged citizen calls against the pending Senate Amnesty bill, placed before today’s vote.
“It is imperative that American citizens continue to pressure Congress to execute the border security provisions of the 2006 Secure Fence Act, whose funding has already been appropriated, but not spent,” says MCDC founder and President Chris Simcox. Simcox is also meeting with U.S. House sponsors of the newly introduced Secure Borders First Act in an aggressive effort to rapidly advance true national border security.
“We have accomplished a small but significant victory today in the fight to secure our nation’s borders,” according to Simcox. “Beating this appallingly bad bill back in the Senate was crucial, but we must keep up the fight in Washington, D.C. until our borders are truly secured, a border fence is built and our laws enforced.”
MCDC has been stalwart in advocating that border security be implemented immediately with funds already allocated to the Department of Homeland Security’s treasury through the 2006 Secure Fence Act. MCDC rejected the Bush administration and Senate’s calls for massive hypothetical spending from hypothetical billions of new dollars for “virtual” border security, proffered in the Senate Amnesty bill as empty-promise “bill sweetener” inducements tied to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
Carmen Mercer, Minuteman Corps Vice President, along with Simcox, has been leading groups of citizen activists since April to increase constituent pressure on Capitol Hill before the introduction of Senate Bill 1348 in May. With 92 chapters nationwide, MCDC’s organizational efforts have included face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress, e-mail blasts, fax blasts, rallies, print, radio and television advertisements encouraging citizens to contact their elected officials, as well as delivering to all 50 Republican State Chairmen the message that passage of amnesty legislation will have a corrosive and deleterious effect upon Republican candidate support during the 2008 election cycle.
Simcox concludes, “Despite the efforts by Senators Reid and Kennedy to pass amnesty this week, the President’s shameful Amnesty bill has taken another blow. Maybe now he will understand that he was elected to secure the border, not advocate for the Mexican government and the open borders lobby.”
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 utilizing 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.