Your fellow Texans, volunteers with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), are asking for your help in bringing attention to the disgraceful situation on our border. We have been called to serve our country once again and to stand beside the U.S. Border Patrol who are trying their best to stop the MASSIVE invasion across our southern border. With your participation for a day, a week-end, a full week, or the whole month, we will call attention to the problem of open borders. The U.S. Border Patrol now needs our help even more since the National Guard has been redeployed elsewhere.
As soon as you can do so, contact the state director, Clark Kirby, and tell him your arrival/departure dates. We need to know, in advance, how many volunteers are planning to attend the Texas border watch each week. If we know the numbers, we can better plan our operation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DATES: Saturday Evening, October 4th through Sunday morning, October 26th, 2008
LOCATION: Our base (Texas Operations HQ) will again be at Mission Gardens RV Resort 930 W. Expwy. 83 Mission, TX 78572. Phone: 956-585-5671. The Texas border watch operation sector will be between the Hidalgo International Bridge to the Los Ebanos Int'l. Ferry, a distance of approx. 45 miles of river frontage. Go to this mapquest link: Click Here
and type-in the above address for a map of the RV park location. Be sure to take the S. Conway Ave. Exit off Hwy. 83, stay in the far right lane, and turn right into the RV park just after passing Ellena St. There is a tall (night-illuminated) sign at the eastern end of the RV park. Be aware that you will be on a high speed one-way access road for Hwy. 83. Do not confuse this elevated highway with Business 83, which is a couple of miles north and parallels Hwy. 83. If you pass the RV park, you will need to do a loop on Los Ebanos Rd. and head back east until you can get back to the westbound access road at Conway Ave
OPERATIONS: Texas Operations HQ is a rented "model home" (trailer) inside the Mission Gardens RV Resort, Lot #231. Note that this is the same building we used last April and it is NOT the RV park office. The Communications (Comm) Center and the Registration Office are both in this Texas Ops HQ trailer. There will be a daily schedule on the Whiteboard kept visible just inside the glass sliding door. This whiteboard will be kept updated with the daily schedules, including any necessary last minute changes. It will be every volunteer's responsibility to check this whiteboard frequently during the day for last minute changes. For security reasons, the inside of the building will be off-limits to those who are not monitoring the base communications, discussing operations with a MCDC official, or registering their arrival/departure. This is where the state director and his sector chief(s) may be found during operating hours. We will run at least one night-time shift per day. Numbers of shifts per day and the shift duration will be dependent upon volunteer numbers and will be posted on the whiteboard. Watch posts (stations) will be on private and legal public land, most within sight of the Rio Grande River, the international border with Mexico. Personal vehicles will be used to transport volunteers out to the lines. The vehicles of line supervisors and watch post leaders are the ones used, so do not worry about your car being used. Once we caravan out to the line, you will be posted at a specific spot for stationary observation with one or more other volunteers with at least one vehicle, possibly two. We will not allow the use of ATVs or horses for scouting or for any other purposes since no scouting is allowed during deployments since we remain on post while deployed. All scouting of our lines and the establishment of new lines will be done during off-duty hours by state operations teams. If you wish to be on the ops team, make your wishes known when you arrive. We have numerous lines set up, some new, all in what local law enforcement calls "HOT AREAS". But, there can never be a guarantee that a volunteer will observe illegal crossing. This depends upon the skill of the combined volunteers in being quiet and still while on post. U.S. Border Patrol records indicate that 26 illegal aliens have been apprehended per month, per mile THIS YEAR in the sector we will watch. It is likely that only one of three or four illegal crossers is apprehended. That means 78-104 on average are probably crossing in every mile, per month. It takes only one accidentally slammed car door, a cough, or an inadvertent illumination of a flashlight to compromise our sightings on that line for the remainder of the deployment. For us to throw off any criminal who may be watching for us, from either side of the Rio Grande, we will shift our lines randomly to different lines in different areas. But, be aware that even when we are spotted by the bad guys, we will then be DETERRING illegal activity in that area with our benign presence. Every volunteer is asked to bring one camo tarp to help conceal transport vehicles from view since they will be parked on a dirt/caliche road. Most sporting goods stores have these tarps, normally used for building blinds for hunting. Volunteers will be posted off the road, in the brush, where practical. These tarps may also be used to conceal our volunteers.
BORDER WATCH CHECK-IN: AFTER you register your arrival and pay for your RV spot at the office of Mission Gardens RV Resort, please come to Texas Ops HQ to register with Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC). The MCDC Registration Office, at the Ops HQ trailer (see location under "Operations", above) will be open for volunteer check-in and new volunteer registration beginning Friday, October 3rd. Please refer to the "White Board" visible from inside the front door, for the registration office hours of operation. All previously-registered MCDC volunteers need to bring their MCDC ID card AND a photo ID, such as a state driver's license. IDs WILL be checked at registration. Note: recent MCDC registrants who have not yet received their MCDC ID card will need to show a photo ID, such as a state issued driver's license. Those who do not have a MCDC ID card may be delayed while at registration, while a MCDC officer confirms their status, from the National database. Once checked in with MCDC, all volunteers will be issued a TX Ops ID badge. This badge must be worn in plain sight while at Ops HQ (Base) and/or on duty. Due to our concerns for your safety and health, we ask that volunteers not display their ID badges when out in the public, (i.e.: restaurants) away from base. Anyone not already a registered MCDC volunteer who appears at Ops HQ on/after October 4th may register as a MCDC volunteer. They will be registered on-line, pay the $50 non-refundable registration fee (if applicable), be background checked, and vetted while they wait. These new volunteers, once vetted, will be given the mandatory ops training before they will be eligible for deployment on the watch lines.
go to www.borderops.com for more information