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April 17, 2005

ACLU, Minutemen trade accusations of misbehavior

ACLU, Minutemen trade accusations of misbehavior

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Grey Deacon, a spokesman of the Minuteman Project, told the “Worldnet RadioActive” show in an exclusive interview on April 14 that representatives from the American Civil Liberties Union are now criminally involved in helping illegal entrants cross the US border and avoid detection. He alleges that the ACLU activists are making noise and flashing lights to alert potential illegals to move on to a non-patrolled area of the border.

“The ACLU’s position is that illegal aliens have a right to enter our border and stay in this country as long as they want,” said Deacon. “That’s what one of the leaders of the group told me personally.”

These allegations exist despite the ACLU’s officially stated position of not directly interfering with the Minutemen’s activities. The ACLU’s press release of March 30 affirmed that the participation of ACLU members would be strictly limited to being “neutral observers” and “recorders”, not “participants”, according to ACLU of Arizona Board President Stan Furman, a former Arizona State Senator.

“We recognize the right of a country to defend its borders,” said Eleanor Eisenberg, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona, “but it must be done by the proper authorities and in a humane way,” suggesting that the primary concern on the ACLU in interacting with the Minuteman Project was to prevent violence.

The ACLU also quotes prior allegations against the group that sponsors the Minutemen, writing that they are “alleged to have engaged in activities that go beyond First Amendment-protected activity and that is intended to intimidate, harass or otherwise interfere with the rights of others.”

Bryan Barton T-shirt incident

The only widely known incident to result from Minuteman activities so far this month was the alleged temporary detention of a suspected illegal immigrant by Bryan Barton on April 6. Encountering a suspected illegal immigrant and believing him to be dehydrated from exposure, Barton gave the man cereal and milk, according to the Minuteman Project press release.

Later Barton shook his hand and asked him to pose for a picture with a T-shirt that read, “Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this lousy T-shirt”. Barton then allegedly gave the man US$20 before a Border Patrol agent arrived to take the man into custody.

Although Barton was investigated by the Cochise County Sheriff’s department and determined not to have broken the law, he was dismissed from further activities with the Minutemen because of violating the group’s procedures, which specify no physical contact with suspected illegal immigrants.

“The volunteer’s actions were admirable, justified and undeniably humane, but unfortunately they jeopardized our established procedures and overall purpose of passively monitoring the border,” said Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minuteman Project. “It’s unfortunate, but we had to dismiss him from further participation.”

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April 3, 2005

Volunteers gather to help patrol Arizona\’s border with Mexico

Volunteers gather to help patrol Arizona’s border with Mexico

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Volunteers for the Minuteman Project arrived in Tombstone, Arizona on Friday.

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Volunteers from across the United States and some foreign countries gathered Friday to start an unofficial border patrol project.

They converged on the town of Tombstone, Arizona to take part in what organizers call the Minuteman Project.

Many came with personal firearms, cell phones or walking canes.

Most estimates numbered the group at 400 to 450 people, recruited from the Internet, far less than the 1,300 the organizers had hoped for, but “it was enough to send a message,” according to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.

“The federal government has walked away from this border,” he told some volunteers. He gained support and popularity for his stance against illegal immigration, but was characterized as anti-immigration in general.

“We are here to exercise what is a basic American right: free speech and the right to assemble,” he said.

Local citizens such as Luis Martinez, a third-generation Tombstone-area resident, were very unhappy with the developments. “They’ve come here to cause problems — to fight. Not to solve problems.

“I work in a ranch and all the ranchers use labor from the other side” of the border.

As Martinez fought back tears, he said he wanted to see the throngs leave Tombstone and go home.

During speeches delivered at orientation meetings, Rep. Tancredo was applauded loudly as he dismissed criticism from those who have called the volunteers racists and xenophobes. His fellow [[Republican Party (US)|Republican}}, President George Bush, described the group as “vigilantes.” Mexican President Vicente Fox used the term cazamigrantes — immigrant hunters.

Tancredo said: “We are saying to our government, ‘Please enforce the law,’ That is not a radical idea. That is not a vigilante idea. It is an American concept: the rule of law.”

Many of the volunteers, some from as far away as Italy, are bedding down in the nearby Miracle Valley Bible College for about $5 a night. Others are camping on the grounds of the run-down campus, about two miles north of the border.

Opposing sides were on the streets in Tombstone, although it appeared there was little contact or friction. Local, state and federal officers had mobilized in case confrontations arose.

James Gilchrist, a former Marine and a retired accountant from Aliso Viejo, Arizona, who ran the sign-up effort, said he expected more than 1,000 volunteers to help highlight the 30-day effort. The project’s goal is to patrol 23 miles of the San Pedro Valley, watch the border, and report illegal activity to law enforcement officials.

Many people fear that the project could result in vigilante violence. Organizers hope it causes the U.S. government to increase border patrols.

Tombstone is best known as the site of the 1881 shootout at the OK Corral.



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March 31, 2005

MS-13 \”gangsters\” and Arizona \”vigilantes\” prepare to rumble

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MS-13 “gangsters” and Arizona “vigilantes” prepare to rumble

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Ebner Anivel Rivera-Paz, A leader of the vicious Mara Salvatruchas(MS-13) gang, has issued orders from his prison cell for his followers to teach the American “Minutemen” volunteers a lesson when they begin patrolling the Mexican border tomorrow.

MS-13 gang members are considered to be America’s most violent gang with such acts of barbarism as to “cut off the testicles of their enemies and feed them to their vicious dogs” and “cut the heads off their opponents to play soccer with them”. However, such allegations of brutality doesn’t seem to frighten the “Minutemen” who are a group of Americans who are organizing more than 1,000 volunteers to patrol the Arizona-Mexico border beginning April 1st. They have been called vigilantes by Presidents Bush and Fox and sometimes sarcastically refer to themselves as “undocumented border patrol agents”. James Gilchrist, a Vietnam veteran and spokesman for the minutemen in response to the MS-13 threat; “We’re not worried because half of our recruits are retired trained combat soldiers..they(MS-13) are just a bunch of punks.”

MS-13 gang now has about 20,000 members nationwide and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has begun to focus on the gang with an initiative they call “Operation Community Shield”. The very existence of MS-13 is considered by the Conservative Voice to be a direct consequence of the USA government’s 1980’s policies in Central America; “the chickens are coming home to roost.Its(MS-13) members are the sons of immigrants from El Salvador and other Central American countries that were forced to flee because of the CIA instigated war during the Reagan Administration that completely destroyed the physical, economic, social, religious and cultural infrastructure of the region. MS-13 was founded in Los Angeles by the offspring of the immigrants for protection.”

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