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Minuteman speaks out in Leesburg

About 15 people gathered in the lower level of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center on Tuesday night to hear a presentation by the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of Virginia on illegal immigration.

George Taplin, director of the state chapter of the national organization, made the presentation, "The Effects of Illegal Aliens," explaining why it is important to combat illegal immigration and what residents can do to prevent the issue from becoming a problem in their neighborhoods.

He defined an illegal alien as anyone who comes into this country without proper documentation. It does not matter if they are from Central America, Mexico, Asia, Austrailia or any other country.

Taplin, a Herndon resident, formed the Virginia chapter in response to the Herndon Town Council's approval of a day labor center about a year ago. Taplin lives in a culturally diverse neighborhood and says he's not against immigration, just illegal immigration.

Taplin moved to his neighborhood for a purpose. "I want my daughter to understand what other cultures are like," he said.

He listed several reasons to stop illegal immigration, including maintaining U.S. sovereignty and stopping imports of terrorists, drugs and gang members.

One way U.S. citizens can combat the effects of illegal immigration is to report anyone they suspect may be living in the country illegally to authorities. Taplin likened it to reporting someone he suspects is planning to break into a store, since both are crimes.

"Why wouldn't I report something that's suspicious?" he asked the crowd.


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