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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Border Patrol Union Supports Minutemen

Thanks to our friend Bob at Sweet Spirits of Ammonia for coming across this underreported gem and posting it up on his site!


Border Patrol union
supports Minutemen
Says it has had no complaints about monitors, blasts Bush over amnesty

Posted: April 18, 2005
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2005

The largest local union of Border Patrol agents in the country has declared its support for the Minuteman Project in Arizona, while at the same time slamming both the American Civil Liberties Union and President Bush.

According to its website, the U.S. Border Patrol Local 2544, which covers the Tucson sector of the agency, the volunteers involved in the border-monitoring Minuteman Project have been nothing but supportive.

"We want to make it clear – because we've had a lot of questions about this – we have not had one single complaint from a rank-and-file agent in this sector about the Minutemen," says a statement on the site. "Every report we've received indicates these people are very supportive of the rank-and-file agents; they're courteous. Many of them are retired firefighters, cops, and other professionals, and they're not causing us any problems whatsoever."

The group blames the ACLU for setting off ground sensors in the area of the Minutemen activities:

"Reports of [Minutemen] causing 'ground sensors' to go off are exaggerated because most of those are being set off by the ACLU sneaking around trying to find the Minutemen doing something wrong."

As WorldNetDaily reported, the ACLU has sent representatives to the 23-mile Arizona border area to monitor the Minutemen and report any civil-liberties abuses to authorities. Instead, said Minuteman Project spokesman Grey Deacon, the law group's people are flashing lights, sounding horns and warning off illegals and their "coyote" human smugglers from entering territory patrolled by the volunteers. Deacon claims such activity amounts to aiding and abetting illegal aliens.

The Minuteman Project has attracted hundreds of volunteers, many legally carrying guns and waving flags, from across the country. They plan to keep watch around the clock until the end of the month, intimidating illegal aliens with their presence and alerting the Border Patrol via cell phones or radios when they see people crossing.

The Border Patrol local emphasizes the Minuteman Project is "shifting the bulk of the illegal-alien traffic out of the Naco corridor."

The statement then takes the president to task for his immigration proposal.

"If only President Bush were so supportive of the rank-and-file agents," the site states. "While President Bush hangs out thousands of miles away in the White House, these people are willing to give up their time and energy to actually do something. While President Bush entices millions of illegal aliens to keep coming with his amnesty proposals and his demoralizing statements that he doesn't want Border Patrol agents chasing 'good-hearted people just coming here to take jobs Americans won't do,' the Minutemen are trying to get our laws enforced.

"The Minutemen have made it very clear that they fully support rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. If only we had such support from the politicians we have to work for (aren't we really supposed to be working for the citizens of this country anyway?)"



Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Bravo, Tim!!! Bush is fracturing the Republican party over this issue, and it can now only be explained that he is too beholden to his rich agri-business donors who demand the dirt-cheap, slave-labor wages of illegals, and the genius Karl Rove has convinced him that this is a winning strategy to win over Hispanic votes. Even if it does win Hispanic votes (which I doubt), I believe Bush will lose more conservative votes over this and even if the Republican party wins -- it will be a phyrric victory if once elected, they act just like democrats. I'm very upset over this, and so are many other decent Americans. Bush is not spending his capital at all the way I expected he would when we re-elected him. I fear we have reverted to the country-club Republican where Pappy Bush is comfortable. And when the "Three Amigos", Pappy, Bubba and Dubya start doing the "aw shucks we just like each other so much and you just punch me in the shoulder in that jocular way and I'll chuckle and smile and we'll tour some more third-world countries together and we'll each say what a great guy the other guy is and how we are all members of the former president's club, etc. etc. etc. -- ad nauseum - frankly -- I'm disgusted.

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