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Minutemen to Keep Eye on Protesters


By ROD ANTONE
YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC

Those on the other side of the immigration issue are urging people to come down Tuesday and see the march for themselves.

If anything, members of the Yakima Chapter of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps are hoping that others will have the same reaction some of them did when they witnessed last year's event.

"I was shocked and outraged that people could carry foreign flags down the streets of America and demand rights," said Minuteman chapter president Bob Dameron. "That was more of an invasion than a plea for anything."

Last April, there was no Minuteman chapter in Yakima, though the immigration march would eventually spur some local residents to seek them out. In October, the first meeting was held in Selah, and Tuesday the group expects between 20 to 50 members at the march.

"We'll be there with flags and signs and cameras and camcorders," Dameron said. "As Minutemen we observe and report, that's all we do. ... I believe very strongly in the right of people to have an opinion, that's what this country is all about.

"But they have to be in this country legally."

Bruce Lloyd, Yakima chapter spokesman for the Minutemen, said members will gather at 3:30 p.m. near the corner of Yakima Avenue and First Street. He also invites others who share the Minuteman viewpoint to join them.

"We're protesting the idea of amnesty, and we don't think people should be rewarded for breaking the law," Lloyd said.

"We just want to get the word out. I don't care whether they join our group or not, just come out and express your opinion if you oppose this."

While there was no organized opposition to the march last year, there were a few heated exchanges between immigrant rights groups and those against illegal immigration. Dameron said he did not think having a greater show of strength this year would make matters worse; if anything, he said it might keep things more under control.

"Last year people were outraged and just reacting, they weren't responding," Dameron said. "That's the big difference. We are not going to get into name calling. We don't believe in it because it doesn't solve anything."

Washington Contact Info

MCDC of Washington

State Director
Joseph L. Ray
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509-952-0582

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(253) 857-9151

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Ray Knight
rlknight@fairpoint.net
509-857-2024

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