My Night With The Minutemen
note: Breaking News—Minutemen
plan to build 300 mile fence along US/Mexican border,
by David Marino, KVOA
Tucson, April 21, 2006]
There has been so
much chatter in the MSM about the Minutemen that I just
had to ask:
Who are these
Minutemen and what do they do?
For answers to
these questions, I headed to the California border with
Mexico, where the men and women of the California
Minutemen Project are patrolling for the month of April.
We were near
Boulevard, in the
eastern part of San Diego County. The border there
is a rocky, treacherous terrain spotted with vicious
cacti that I unfortunately did not notice until I bumped
into them…yeah, good times…sigh.
The fence was a
joke, by the way. Meaning there really wasn`t one
I spent a Saturday
night with the Minutemen because that is reportedly the
best time to see the action.
Let me tell you a
little bit about these marvelous people:
- Eric, now in his
fought at the
Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded, captured
and held as a prisoner of war for four and a half
- Rick, standing
next to him, served in the
When his tour was
up, Rick returned to California where he established
several successful businesses, served on his local
school board and
mowed the lawns for free—just
because somebody needed to. (Charming as the day is
long, he reminds me of
Forrest Gump without the low IQ or the obsession
- Steve, a proud
U.S. citizen and immigrant from
Brighton, England. In 1979, Steve
armed with a 6 month Visa to work for a bank in
Manhattan which later sponsored him for a Green
software engineer, he moved to Dayton, Ohio and
waited eight years for his citizenship to come
“I love this
country…I love this country more than most who were born
told me. “That`s why I`m out here—I can`t stand
what`s happening to America.”
were school teachers, businessmen, doctors and
scientists…a famous scientist in particular.
- Johan V. Hultin…you
have heard of him.
Yeah…sounds like a real
And one of my
- C. Frederick
Braun, a writer with several published works to his
Two Seconds and
Now these men are
volunteer Minutemen—great Americans and beloved war
To be fair, there
have been myriad stories generated by the MSM about the
paramilitary-style of the Minutemen Corps.
Not to mention the
images the MSM just love to publish! For
example: if there is a
Confederate flag within a 50-mile radius of the
Minuteman camp that will be the footage the MSM focuses
on with some ghastly headline such as Neo-Nazi
blah, blah, blah…
I suppose it
could be difficult for the average American to
ascertain the truth when the story is told almost
entirely from the (ahem!) not-so-objective
perspective of say, CNN.
Tim Donnelly is
President of the California Minutemen. He was kind
enough to open up the camp to me and show me the ropes.
In his day job, Tim
is a successful businessman. He volunteered to organize
the California Minutemen because, once again, somebody
needed to do it.
Tim`s wife, the
mother of his five sons, is Filipino. Her father spent
12 years separated from his family in order to
immigrate legally to the U.S.
As Tim explained it
“He says that was the price he paid to give his
family a better life in America.”
Unlike the MSM, I
didn`t see a single Neo-Nazi—or anything even in that
On the contrary,
when one member arrived for duty wearing full
camouflage, Tim instructed him to change clothes—full
camouflage or military-esque appearances are
Minuteman standard operating procedure.
Carl, had the dubious honor of guiding me up a hill to a
main look-out point…
The path was
littered with “booties” and
garbage left by smugglers and their party. Booties
are strips of fabric that illegal aliens tie around the
feet to conceal their footprints from immigration
Carl shared a
couple of recent events with me.
A few nights before
I arrived, a group of
four Arab men snuck across the border and walked
right through the Minuteman camp, apparently unaware of
four Arab men.
(Caution: next part
contains graphic material).
Carl also told me
about a particularly horrifying event from the previous
week. He and the men with him heard the screams of a
woman piercing the quiet of the night. The screams came
from the Mexican side of the border, some distance from
where Carl stood.
The Minutemen never
found out what finally became of her.
Within an hour of
my arrival, one patrol group radioed back to camp that
twenty people were spotted hiding on the side of a hill
just on the other side of the U.S. border. They were
clearly waiting for the opportunity to
cross the border undetected.
The U.S. Border
Patrol was notified. Then the Minutemen just set up camp
on the U.S. side of the border directly across from the
border crossers and watched them—nothing more.
By the early hours
of the next morning, the twenty would-be illegal aliens
had grown frustrated with the Minutemen, whom they had
now determined were not
U.S. Border Patrol.
Tim later emailed
me the weekend`s numbers:
small Minuteman camp had spotted
114 such people. According to Tim,
So who are the
After getting to
know the men and women of the California Minutemen
Project, I have a response for our illustrious leaders:
How dare you—you
are unfit to represent this nation in any capacity!
government tells us that illegal aliens are just
doing the job Americans won`t do. Well…
just doing the job our government won`t do:
Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.