A Minuteman Reader Reports On His Weekend

July 31, 2005

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From: Jon Healy [email

This weekend, I spent some time out
in the desert south of Tucson, Arizona with the

When we got to our assigned post at
around 7 p.m. we immediately secured a line—the main
focus was on a riverbed that is frequented by smugglers
running drugs and illegals,

Soon after we arrived, the

Yuma Patriots
showed up to participate in securing
the line.

One of the Patriots told me about
the battle in Yuma and the problems

Yuma deals with
on a daily basis. Not only do they
have the constant onslaught of drug runners and coyotes,
they are dealing with overrun schools, tax burden,
crime, and disease—hepatitis

whooping cough
are just some of the diseases.

At around 10:30 p.m., our radios
were abuzz—9 to 12 illegals all dressed in black with
ski masks, carpet on their feet so they don`t leave any
footprints, and all

packing drugs
on their backs! They were all moving
very quickly through the wash and some carrying

long arms.

We caught it on film and we

notified Border Patrol
immediately. There were 12
agents, a helicopter and a biplane dedicated to the
operation. Within 20 minutes the helicopter with
infrared was flying above our heads with lights out, the
biplane circled the area, and ground patrol was on foot.
The search and pursuit was on and the Border Patrol
agents were doing a superb job as we kept our line

We all watched with amazement for
about a half an hour. Then the BP warned us that the
armed smugglers may be fleeing back to our location. We
were ready with radios and cell phones in hand to inform
the agents in the event they were spotted.

After all the excitement, we
continued to monitor our line with no additional
sightings. The BP agents called us and expressed their
gratitude for our help and our presence. I spoke with
some agents after our patrol and they said they support
our efforts and that the Minutemen performed
professionally and were a valuable tool for them.

By the end of our shift the Border
Patrol informed us that they caught a total of a dozen
illegals and found eight back packs full of drugs. Five
were apprehended after a Minuteman spotted and reported
their presence.

I was born in California in 1962
and raised in a middle class neighborhood. In school, we
would start the day with the

Pledge of Allegiance
, with the understanding that
some day, I, as well as every child in my class, could
be called to defend this great country against "all
enemies Foreign or Domestic."
We learned about
American history and the important role that individual
citizens played. Without citizen involvement, this
country would have never been the greatest nation in the
world. I served in the military and swore to protect the
Constitution and America.

We are constantly reminded of what
life could be without liberty. Daily, we are invaded by
people fleeing from Mexico and South America because of
the crime,

government corruption

. The Government has

lost control in Mexico
and the drug lords have

taken control.
War is raging, citizens are
victimized, lawlessness rules.

The Minutemen are a

non-profit organization
and rely on donations. All
the Minutemen pay their own travel and lodging as well
as food. We all have to buy hand radios as well.

No Minuteman has complained about
the personal cost because they know how much they are
needed. It`s a small sacrifice to help protect their

We volunteer our time, money and
safety, not because we will get something in return, but
that it`s our job—because we are Americans.