Allen Monson spends months at a time in New Mexico on a mission.
During April and October, the 62-year-old Vietnam veteran camped along the U.S.-Mexican border, watching for illegal immigrants as they tried to enter the United States
Monson has been a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps since 2005.
“We’re just like the Minutemen from 1776,” Monson said. “Basically, we’re a militia looking out for the good of the country.”
The Minuteman mission statement contains a pledge to help secure the borders and coastal boundaries of the United States against the unlawful and unauthorized entry of all individuals, contraband and foreign military.
Like more than 1,500 men and women from across the country, Monson volunteers his time and effort.
“When we see activity, we call the U.S. Border Patrol and they come and get them and send them back,” said Monson.
Corina Robison, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, called the work of the Minutemen helpful.