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07-24-2005, 08:40 AM
The Minutemen Project has expanded. There will be a month long patrol for the entire month of October this year. Having attended the Texas chapter meeting I can tell you membership is rapidly expanding. Northern border patrols are coming in the near future also.
Learn more about their work and projects from the links below.
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/7zzxh">Donations</a> are needed and appreciated.
MinuteManHQ On Patrol: In Four States All Month In October
Join fellow Patriot-Minutemen in October for a four state month-long Border Patrol to observe, report and protect the US from illegal immigration in all southern border states
MinutemanHQ.com is the new National Organization for the original Minuteman border project. It is the only group authorized by Chris Simcox and Jim Gilchrist who organized the first border watch.
Contact us immediately to learn about upcoming missions. We are expanding to California, Texas and New Mexico on the southern border. Requests from activated volunteers on the northern border with Canada – Maine, Vermont, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington State are creating new operations, this is truly an exciting time for Patriots!
“Congress and the U.S. Senate continue to drag their feet on securing our borders with U.S. military and National Guard troops. Meanwhile, thousands of illegal immigrants cross our southern border every week.
<a href="http://tinyurl.com/dcxu5">Who Are We?</a>
07-24-2005, 08:42 AM
Are you willing to sacrifice a few days, a week, a month to help do the job that the government should be doing? If you choose to make the sacrifice and become the active majority rather than the silent majority, you will have accomplished more in one month than the sum total of all your years of complaining and demanding action from your public servants who seem more interested in working for people from other countries than they are in working for us.
Our effort will be tangibly effective in supporting the defenders of our border, the patriotic men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol. You will offer your assistance and become force-multipliers to assist their monumental task of turning back the tidal wave of people entering our country illegally.
You must be willing to accept the following plan, or you, as a segment of a larger group, are doomed to be remembered in history as representative not of the strongest character, but rather as the weakest link in our maligned and misunderstood group of truly patriotic nationalists. You must understand in the deepest ways the importance of our challenge.
You are here because you are willing to challenge our government to fulfill their constitutionally mandated responsibility, not because you want to fight them, but because you want to challenge them by fulfilling their obligation in their absence. You are willing to become force-multipliers in the absence of Congressional and Presidential will.
Composing letters, e-mails and faxes did not make an impression on our public servants. Now we will assert ourselves as citizen representatives of the government. We are citizens who set the example, of the people for the people and by the people.
We will succeed. If we are to send the message loud and clear to President Bush and Congress, it is imperative that we stay within the law. If one single individual steps over the line for their personal gratification, we are all stained with that irresponsible behavior, and labeled forever as a fringe element that embarrasses all who are counting on us to make this historic statement.
We must prevail, we will prevail. We shall overcome the effort by many to identify this movement as irresponsible; we will be victorious in proving the skeptics wrong. Our efforts will change the course of history and ignite others to stand with courage to make a change. Many are waiting for the outcome and will themselves be motivated with a new sense of activism; we will be leaders who will make a difference, role models who will influence future generations. Are you with us, Americans? If yes, then “let's roll”!
07-24-2005, 08:49 AM
Minuteman July 4th Operation A Success
Landowners Support July 4 th AZ Operation - Lives Saved -- Dozens Apprehended!
Border Patrol Supervisors:
“ Ignore Minuteman Calls! ”
Redeploy Agents While 60 Make Illegal Crossing!
At sundown on Friday, July 1, eighty U.S. citizens dedicated to securing the U.S. border with Mexico gathered to honor the lowering of the American colors. The patriotic ceremony signaled the beginning of what would be a successful 4-day, Fourth of July Minuteman Civil Defense Corps mission to assist Border Patrol in the Avery Valley of Arizona. The operation was the fourth successful mission conducted since the highly publicized April Minuteman Project drew the nation’s attention to our outrageously porous, unsecured border with Mexico.
Most of the volunteers participating in the operation were veteran Minutemen and women; about a dozen new recruits were initiated to the dangerous desert heat and long hours of steadfast, vigilant border observation. As they stood guard for their fellow Americans over major crossing routes used by drug dealers and aliens who illegally enter our country in the dark of night, our stalwart Minutemen reflected on the irony of an Independence Day weekend spent away from home and family, on lonely outpost, necessitated by the neglect and disregard of federal duty.
Hours before the first deployment of so-called legal observers, “monitoring” Minuteman field operations, success was evident as numerous local landowners stopped by to show support and say “thanks” to our Minuteman volunteers at the operations staging area hosted by the VFW post in Three Points, Arizona.
Local support was unanimous as dozens of private property owners opened their gates to allow Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers to keep watch over their homes and ranches, ravaged by the environmental and property damage of tens of thousands of illegal intruders. The stories told by the landowners are the same repeated from Texas to California, night after night -- fences cut, pets and livestock slaughtered, home invasions, well-heads destroyed, trash and polluting waste everywhere. \
07-24-2005, 08:50 AM
Volunteers split into three teams and moved to three areas around the valley to begin the first 12-hour shift. It did not take long for volunteers to make their first assist. Within 10 minutes of setting up a thermal night scope, a team of Minuteman volunteers spotted 10 people slinking across an open field dotted with mesquite and cacti; the mysterious invaders were wearing all black clothing and seemed to be lugging large backpacks over their shoulders. A call to Border Patrol resulted in the apprehension of at least eight members of the invading group. By 8 o’clock the next morning, a total of 26 illegal aliens had been apprehended by Border Patrol agents, after being spotted and reported by Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers.
A last group of four illegal aliens actually entered a Minuteman Civil Defense Corps outpost, and were provided with water. They left the camp only to be apprehended a short time later after volunteers contacted Border Patrol.
Ray Ybarra’s group of so-called legal observers followed one Minuteman Civil Defense Corps group, to sit and watch over the volunteers to ensure that no one’s civil rights were violated. This time Ybarra’s group, who promote illegal immigration activity, was stymied as they discovered they were breaking the law by trespassing –- the entire weekend operation was held on private property and Ybarra’s group, in overt violation of the ranchers’ property rights, packed up and went home.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers returned to camp and attempted to get a few hours sleep during daylight hours while temperatures soared to above 110 degrees.
Saturday morning at approximately noon a Minutewoman driving her car on a laundry patrol was approached by a young man. After she slowly pulled away while calling Border Patrol, he ran after her car waving a bottle. A laundry patrol is when volunteers drive desolate back roads looking for fences marked with t-shirts or other clothing, which indicates a location where illegal aliens are hiding in the brush awaiting a coyote to pick them up in a vehicle.
Minutewoman Gayle was soon joined by volunteer Fred, who stopped his car and said “hello” while offering water to the young man. MCDC volunteers quickly realized the teenager was in a desperate physical condition from the heat, and again called for Border Patrol’s assistance. While waiting for Border Patrol’s arrival, volunteers offered food but the delirious teen refused. Volunteers soaked a towel with water and draped it over his shoulders and encouraged him to sit in a shaded area, all the while comforting him with kind words and asked the young man where he was going. He was so disoriented he did not know and stated he had no other traveling companions.
35 minutes later a Border Patrol EMT agent arrived to pick up the young man. After examining the young illegal border crosser, the agent told volunteers they had saved the man’s life. More agents arrived to search the area and a short time later discovered the man’s companion under a bush about 100 yards away from the road. His companion had died hours earlier.
Sadly, an MCDC volunteer discovered another body of a migrant who died after being left behind by his “coyote.”
07-24-2005, 08:50 AM
President Bush, Jim Kolbe, Raul Grijalva, John McCain and every other U.S. Congressman and Senator who refuse to immediately secure our borders with military troops bear responsibility for such deaths in the desert and are equally culpable for the crimes perpetrated against U.S. citizens by criminal illegal aliens.
Volunteers repeated the 12-hour shift Saturday night through Sunday morning.
Twenty-six more illegal aliens were apprehended without incident by Border Patrol agents, with the vigilant assistance of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers.
But something was different on Saturday night. Many calls to Border Patrol for assistance were going unanswered. MCDC volunteers needed to make repeated calls to get agents to respond. The night before agents saturated the area, but by Saturday many agents had been redeployed further west of our operational areas, and response time went from a few minutes on Friday to almost an hour on Saturday.
Sunday morning as the shift ended, a volunteered hailed a Border Patrol agent and inquired about why agents had been redeployed west along highway 86.
“Supervisors’ orders,” responded the agent, who was overwhelmingly supportive of Minuteman volunteers.
Sunday night proved to be even more frustrating for volunteers. Within 30 minutes of setting up observation posts, dozens after dozens of illegal aliens clad in black clothing were spotted with the help of night vision.
Volunteers frantically made call after call to the local dispatcher requesting back up. Most of the calls for help went unanswered. At least 60 illegal entrants passed MCDC observation posts and continued north into American territory with impunity.
Monday morning after making dozens of unanswered calls to Border Patrol, a volunteer met up with a supervisor and inquired as to why agents were not responding.
“I’ve been out here for hours and I never received a message from dispatch that you needed help. We were right here in the area and I can assure you if we were called we would have responded –- you never called us, we never received any dispatch,” the supervisor retorted.
Despite the political games-playing by Border Patrol supervisors, a majority of the field agents were pleasant, friendly and supportive of the Minuteman efforts –- some asked for t-shirts and another was given a prized Minuteman button.
07-24-2005, 08:52 AM
Volunteers performed with professionalism and compassion for the illegal aliens in search of work, driven to break our laws by their own government’s corruption and callous disregard for their lot.
MCDC volunteers wondered how many illegal aliens broke through the front lines of American homeland security –- the unsettling thought is the knowledge that an increasing number are from hostile Middle-Eastern countries, adversaries in our war on terror.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps volunteers remain dedicated to serving our communities and our country –- answering the call to be vigilant, alert, observant in reporting suspicious illegal activity to the proper authorities in the name of our nation’s security, sovereignty, and ordered liberty.
It’s the American way.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
A young individual died when crossing illegally . President Bush, Jim Kolbe, Raul Grijalva, John McCain and every other U.S. Congressman and Senator who refuses to immediately secure our borders with military troops bears responsibility for such deaths, and all the casualties of border crimes.
07-25-2005, 08:35 PM
Illegal entry by non-Mexicans rises
Those coming from Brazil, Central America, and 'countries of concern' could hit 150,000 this year.
By Kris Axtman | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
HOUSTON – After decades of attempting to dam the flow of Mexican immigrants crossing into the United States illegally, federal agents say a new crisis is emerging along the southern border and they are helpless to stop it.
Non-Mexicans are spilling over the border in record numbers - some from countries with terrorist ties - and most are set free soon after being captured.
Already this year, the number of non-Mexican apprehensions has far outpaced last year's total in just eight months. And while they are still a relatively small percentage compared with the number of illegal Mexicans, critics say the federal government's policy in dealing with them is far more dangerous.
Because OTMs, or "Other Than Mexicans" as the Border Patrol classifies them, must be returned to their country of origin, they cannot be simply sent back across the southern border, as most Mexicans are. Under US law, they must be detained (in the US) pending a deportation hearing. The problem is, immigration detention centers are packed, so most OTMs are given a court summons and told to return in three months. A full 85 percent don't.
07-25-2005, 08:36 PM
According to the Border Patrol, some 465,000 OTMs have taken advantage of this "catch and release" policy to settle here in the US. "It's an insane policy which encourages OTMs to come into the country illegally, and we shouldn't be shocked that they are coming in record numbers," says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 9,000 agents.
In fact, he says, after crossing the border, many OTMs flag down agents or walk up to them and surrender, knowing they will be released. "The word is out," says Mr. Bonner. "They know that as soon as they are caught, they will be free to roam at will."
In a hearing in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security earlier this month, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar said his agency has apprehended 919,000 illegal immigrants so far this year - 119,000 of whom were OTMs.
That puts the agency on pace to hit 150,000 such apprehensions by the end of the fiscal year, almost triple last year's high-water mark of 65,000 OTM apprehensions. In fiscal 2003, the numbers were around 40,000, and in 2002 and 2001, around 30,000 each.
"We should be greatly concerned because OTMs do not register, their travel documents are suspect, and they have no biometric records that can be checked to verify identity," remarked the appropriations subcommittee's chairman, Harold Rogers (R) of Kentucky.
07-25-2005, 08:37 PM
Most are from Brazil and Central America, but Mr. Aguilar reported that last year 644 came from "countries of concern."
What's most disturbing, say immigration experts, is that the increase in OTM apprehensions comes on the heels of the US war on terror.
"We are not protecting Americans against the next terrorist attack," says Michael Cutler, a former special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington. "There are so many holes in the system."
He points to the OTM loophole as one example. Another is the Visa Waiver Program, which allows residents from 28 countries, including Canada, to enter the US without getting a visa in their home country.
Mr. Cutler believes everyone entering the US, no matter what their country, should have to obtain a visa that documents personal information, the purpose of the visit, and contact information once they arrive. Shoe bomber Richard Reid, for instance, was born and raised in London and boarded a plane for the US with only a passport.
"We are all fixated on his shoes, and now passengers are required to take off their shoes, yet nobody wants to deal with the issue of how he was able to enter the country in the first place," says Cutler.
Other critics say the guest-worker proposal, which is being touted as a way to know who is here, ultimately leaves the door open for document fraud and illegal entry. In the end, says Cutler, "the number of OTMs coming in is a barometer of how effective we are at deterring illegal immigration."
07-25-2005, 08:38 PM
To help combat the increase in non-Mexican crossings, two US cities have been participating in a pilot initiative, known as the "expedited removal" program.
Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz., are able to make decisions without the help of immigration judges in deciding whether a person has a valid case to fight deportation. And agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector, where the majority of OTMs cross, are being trained in the program.
Still, even under the expedited process, agents are finding a familiar problem: There is nowhere to house the immigrants while they wait to be deported.
Border-state politicians have been clamoring for years for more funding for detention centers, and some worry that if apprehended Mexicans began requesting immigration hearings instead of taking "voluntary departures," the problem would become even more dire.
Already, says former INS agent Bonner, the recent surge in OTM apprehensions is tying up precious time and manpower along the border. In some areas, like the Rio Grande Valley, some 75 percent of the sector's resources are devoted to dealing with the problem.
Border Patrol agents, he says, know that most OTMs have no intention of returning for the court hearing - and that is incredibly frustrating for them. "It's more than a little demoralizing," he says. "They feel like social workers. They are not enforcing the law; they are simply enabling people to break it - and that goes against the grain of any law enforcement officer."
L.A. BRONCOS FAN
07-25-2005, 08:39 PM
Moral of the story:
For the Busheviks, politics and cheap labor trump national security everytime.
07-25-2005, 08:57 PM
Illegal aliens: Democrats stumped
By Froma Harrop
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hillary gets it. Hillary Clinton says she's against illegal immigration. And she would fine employers who hire illegal aliens.
Pundits say the Democratic senator from New York is using this hot-button issue to position herself for the 2008 presidential election. It's a way to hit Republicans from the right. Polls show huge majorities of both Republicans and Democrats oppose illegal immigration - and are frustrated that President Bush won't do a thing to stop it.
But this issue does not belong to the right. Or it shouldn't. Illegal immigration hurts most liberal causes. It depresses wages, crushes unions, and kills all hope for universal health coverage. Progressives have to understand that there can be little social justice in an unregulated labor market.
"Liberals are so confused on this issue," says Vernon Briggs, a labor economist at Cornell University and self-described liberal. "Immigration policy has got to be held accountable for its economic consequences."
Many Democrats used to get it. In 1964, President Johnson abolished the Bracero program, which brought in "temporary" farm workers from Mexico. Its demise let Cesar Chavez organize US farm workers. His union won some battles early on, but a new wave of illegal immigrants in the mid-1970s reversed that progress. The union barely exists today.
It's long been a felony offense for a foreign national to enter the United States illegally. And until 1952, it was also a felony to harbor an illegal alien. That's when farm interests had the law changed to take employers off the hook: Employing an illegal alien no longer constituted "harboring" one. This came to be known as the "Texas Proviso."
07-25-2005, 08:58 PM
As factory jobs vanished and illegal immigration swelled in the 1970s, Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, sensed a growing crisis. Then came the flood of refugees from Cuba and Haiti - most claiming political asylum. Carter refused to give blanket amnesty. The refugees were taken care of in 1986, when Republican Ronald Reagan granted a blanket amnesty for 3 million illegal immigrants.
President Carter also tried to repeal the Texas Proviso. Congress stalled and instead set up a commission to study the matter. It was chaired by the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, then president of the University of Notre Dame.
US immigration policy was "out of control," the panel announced. It minced no words: "The commission has rejected the argument of many economists, ethnic groups and religious leaders for a great expansion in number of immigrants and refugees."
Shortly thereafter, Carter lost his bid for reelection. Reagan became too busy cutting taxes for the rich to bother with the commission's recommendations. (Besides, isn't cheap labor another kind of tax cut?)
The cause was taken up by Sen. Alan Simpson (R) of Wyoming and Rep. Romano Mazzoli (D) of Kentucky. In 1986, they pushed through legislation that repealed the Texas Proviso. It established fines for employers who knowingly hire illegals. But there was a huge loophole: Employers did not have to check whether the documents presented by job applicants were valid or fake.
By 1991, America was in a recession. The economy had lost a million jobs. That year, the current president's father, George H.W. Bush, signed a law that raised annual legal immigration by 35 percent to 700,000. And it did nothing about illegal entrants.
07-25-2005, 08:59 PM
Congress in 1990 had established another commission to study the problem. This one was headed by Barbara Jordan, a Democrat who had represented Texas in the House of Representatives. The Jordan Commission made excellent recommendations, which went nowhere. One would have required employers to make a single phone call to verify a job applicant's Social Security number. Even that was too much.
The rationale for the 1986 amnesty (and we've had seven categories added to it since then) is that we had been sending illegal immigrants mixed messages. After all, it had been previously legal for employers to hire them.
Nowadays, the messages aren't even mixed anymore. A cheap-labor Republican, George Bush won't enforce the employer penalties. He has a new amnesty program. And he vows to "match any willing worker with any willing employer." Hence the latest stampede at the southern border.
Sounds as if the Democrats have an issue. And if Senator Clinton can seriously address the problem in nonracial terms, she could march straight to the White House. Go for it, Hillary.