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January 28, 2005

240 Volunteers To Patrol Arizona Border Documenting Governments Failure

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

The topic of border security and illegal immigration is continuing to heat-up as more and more border-related problems with illegal immigrants and terrorists are identified.

"A retired businessman has put together a 30-day campaign by 240 volunteers to patrol the Arizona-Mexico by air and land starting in April."

According to a Jan 24 Washington Times article, James Gilchrist, a combat-wounded U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran, said the "Minuteman Project" will field volunteers from 37 states, many of them ex-military and law enforcement personnel, to man observation posts and a communications center, along with seven pilots from Arizona who will provide aerial surveillance.

Billed as "Americans doing the job Congress won't do," the project -- which will begin April 1 -- is intended to showcase inadequate border- and immigration-enforcement policies by the U.S. government, Mr. Gilchrist said.

"We hope to bring enough attention also that we can send a message to our leaders in Washington, D.C., that this is our country, too," he said. "This border issue is about all 50 states, not just Arizona or Texas. It's about our Constitution and how it applies to all of us.

Hat Tip - Digger's Realm (has additional commentary)
Other coverage and commentary - The Tar pit

Posted by Hyscience at January 28, 2005 11:23 AM

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