Minuteman Project: Patriots vs. Lawless Elite

[VDARE.COM note:
Readers of this article will be charmed to learn that
Mexican President Vicente Fox demanded on Wednesday that
the US “act quickly to prevent…” activity like the
Minuteman Project, saying; “We totally reject the idea
of these migrant-hunting groups…We will use the law,
international law and even U.S. law to make sure that
these types of groups. . . will not have any opportunity
to progress."  (“
president tells U.S. to control extremists

 – Chris Hawley, azcentral.com  March 16 2004).  Hat tip

For the last three months,

Minuteman Project
coordinator Jim Gilchrist and his
colleague Chris Simcox have been working 18 hours a day
getting ready for April 1st.

That date marks the beginning of
a month long journey when Gilchrist, Simcox and their
volunteers will start patrolling a 40-mile stretch along
the southeast Arizona-Mexico border—the route most
heavily traveled each spring by illegal aliens,
causing great

stress and misery
for the local residents.

The Minuteman Project`s

goal is to

bring national awareness to the decades-long careless
disregard of effective U.S. immigration law


protest the refusal of the Congress and the President to
protect our borders from illegal immigrants who have
not had criminal background checks by, and through, the
U.S. Embassy in their home country, thereby creating
an imminent danger to all Americans, and creating the
dilution of US citizen`s

voting rights
by foreign nationals.”

Project Minuteman has caused a
stir on the
and among both supporters of immigration
reform and open border advocates. Predictable charges of
racism abound. But Gilchrist, a

Marine veteran
and Purple Heart recipient, remains

“The racism is all on the

other side,

Gilchrist told me when we spoke earlier this week.
“Take a look at the e-mail we have received and you`ll
see that the hate comes from our opponents, not us.”(

anti-American e-mail
sent to Gilchrist [with

“People who want to protect and
ultimately save America include all colors, religions
and nationalities
, Gilchrist said.

As proof, Gilchrist points to the

home page of his website
that indicates a 40%
participation rate of minorities among his 956
volunteers from all 50 states.

Among them are

American Indians
, Mexicans, Armenians,

and four wheel chair bound paraplegics and
six amputees.

Gilchrist told me:

“The support is amazing. When I
started out, I thought we would be lucky to get 200

. Now I would not be surprised if we end
up with 1,500.”

“We are all coming from the same
Gilchrist continued. “We are simply going
about our

Constitutional right
to peaceful assembly. We
neither condone nor endorse violence and it will not be
tolerated. We have put several disclaimers on our
website to that effect. But nothing will stand in our
way to exercise our First Amendment rights,

Gilchrist insisted.

“If anyone has trouble grasping
what our objective is,”
Gilchrist concluded,
“just think of us as a neighborhood watch group. We are
looking for illegal crossings by aliens. When we spot
them, we will report them to the proper authorities.”

According to Gilchrist, the
Minuteman Project has already produced results.

Gilchrist attributes the recent
arrests of over 100 of the vicious

Salvadoran Mara Salvatruchas
to the threats the gang

against the Minutemen

“When MS-13 started talking
about how they were going to meet us at the border to
`teach us a lesson we would never forget` I think it
raised awareness at

that these are bad guys who need to be ferreted
out and arrested. And that`s just what happened,”

observed Gilchrist.

Throughout our conversation,
Gilchrist frequently repeated that if the federal
government enforced immigration law, then there would be
no Minuteman Project.

Gilchrist pointed to Secretary of

Condoleezza Rice
as symbolic of the government`s

Rice is

said to have

Mexican officials
that the Minutemen are
whose “illegal” activities will
not be “tolerated.” [VDARE.COM
note: The bizarre anti-American website,

La Voz De Aztlan
has an
inflammatory, anti-Minutemen quote
attributed to Dr.
Rice,  but in the actual

of her press conference she is reported
to have said, more diplomatically,

then finally, I think it`s well known that the United
States has a

federal system, but
obviously the United States Government would not condone
any extralegal means to deal with immigration issues.
That should be dealt with by immigration officials and
we work very closely with our Mexican counterparts. We
try and make sure that our borders are safe and secure
as possible and that it is very important that the laws
of the United States be respected

Gilchrist said,

else is left for us to do but to peacefully assemble to
show our strong resentment for being abandoned by
Washington? I used to have respect and admiration for
Rice. But now she is on my list as a reactionary and a
Communist. Rice is not loyal to the U.S.”

The irony of Rice`s position is not
lost on volunteers.

Noting that the Minutemen have not
and will not do anything illegal but that illegal aliens
from Mexico repeatedly break the law, Laura, a furious
Minuteman volunteer, e-mailed Rice:

A few
days back Mexican TV here in the U.S. reported that
Mexicans were throwing rocks at you or the building you
were in.

The day
after 9/11, Mexicans were selling T-shirts that said
`Osama Bin Laden –
` …Mexico wrote a "Declaration of War"
against the U.S. Its `Guide
for the Mexican Migrant`
told millions of its people
 how to

invade our country
and also  how to subvert our laws
and get away with it. You did absolutely nothing.

invaders send back
$18 Billion U.S. dollars a year
and you do nothing.
They take


food stamps

social services,
get free

medical care
and free education while Americans
can`t even afford medical insurance. Mexicans fill our

with their `family
that don`t end at the border` and you do

Terrorists and foreign

molest our children, murder our people,
steal our cars, rob our homes and you do nothing. They

deadly diseases
and you do nothing.

when Americans join together to go to the border to help
report non-violently where these criminals are sneaking
in, you call us `vigilantes` and say you will not allow
them to break American law! WE`D LIKE TO KNOW WHOSE

But hostility among anti-American
agitators continues to build against Gilchrist and the
Minuteman Project.

University of California Riverside

Armando Navarro
, an infamous subversive, will

stage a protest
in front of

Gilchrist`s home
on March 19th. (E
mail Navarro

Said Gilchrist, “Let him come.
He has the same First Amendment rights that I do.”

Gilchrist says that no matter what
happens between now and April 1st, he and his
volunteers will be on the Arizona-Mexico border carrying
out its mission:

“Americans… operating within the law to enforce the law…
and  doing the job that Congress won`t do.”

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.