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My Night With The Minutemen
[VDARE.COM 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 80s, fought at the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded, captured and held as a prisoner of war for four and a half months.
- Rick, standing next to him, served in the Vietnam War.
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 with Jen-nay.)
- Steve, a proud U.S. citizen and immigrant from Brighton, England. In 1979, Steve left England armed with a 6 month Visa to work for a bank in Manhattan which later sponsored him for a Green Card.
A software engineer, he moved to Dayton, Ohio and waited eight years for his citizenship to come through.
"I love this country…I love this country more than most who were born here" he told me. "That's why I'm out here—I can't stand what's happening to America."
Other volunteers were school teachers, businessmen, doctors and scientists…a famous scientist in particular.
- Johan V. Hultin…you may have heard of him.
Yeah…sounds like a real vigilante.
And one of my favorites…
- C. Frederick Braun, a writer with several published works to his credit including Two Seconds and Border War.
Now these men are volunteer Minutemen—great Americans and beloved war heroes.
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 Border Patrol 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 ballpark.
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 forbidden by Minuteman standard operating procedure.
Another Minuteman, 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 authorities.
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 its location.
Yes, 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:
This relatively small Minuteman camp had spotted 114 such people. According to Tim,
So who are the Minutemen?
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!
Our government tells us that illegal aliens are just doing the job Americans won't do. Well…
The Minutemen are 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.