Chris Simcox [Received this mailing May 19, 2006]
Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
What Al Qaida already knows . . . is that the easiest way
to enter America is by simply walking across the border. . .
What President Bush forgot . . . when he decided to be nice
to Mexico, was that if we don't control the borders, we never solve the
problem of "undocumented workers" because we get thousands more every
day . . .
And, what LIBERAL POLITICIAN have decided . . .is that
illegal aliens ARE the "wave of the future, " so you better make friends
with them! (Like when Mexican President Fox -made some blatantly racist
remarks, Jesse Jackson raced to Fox's side to campaign AGAINST
controlling our border!)
Dear Patriotic American,
Please give me a few minutes to share some alarming facts with
you. Because you may not have the privilege of living, as I
have, in Tombstone, Arizona. Yes, that's right, Wyatt Earp's hometown --
in the wide open West, where American citizens have always had to make
their stand to defend law and order.
Then, after you've read what I've had to say, it is essential you return
the enclosed survey letting me and Congress know that you agree the
Minutemen are doing the right thing!
My name is Chris Simcox. I publish the local paper here in Tombstone.
With some great Americans like Jim Gilchrist, I've organized the
"Minutemen." You know, the ones President Bush sadly called
"vigilantes. " I like to think somebody gave him a lot of bum
information about us. I hope so, anyway.
But I can't give the same benefit of the doubt to the many big city
newspapers who rip us to shreds. Man, you'd think we were criminals,
instead of law-abiding citizens!
Yet all we are doing is a "Neighborhood Watch" -- but on a bigger
scale. We carry no rifles or automatic weapons (which frankly, puts us
at great risk, as I'll explain later). In Arizona and along our
borders, we haven't harmed anybody. All we've done is report
people we see sneaking into our country to the U.S. Border Patrol.
The mission of the volunteer Minuteman Civil Defense Corps,
headquartered in Arizona, is to WATCH, REPORT suspicious illegal
activities to proper authorities, and DETER by legal means,
illegal aliens, drug traffickers and terrorists from entering the United
States -- by our physical presence along our immediate U.S. borders.
Any other "story"
of what we're about is pure moonshine
Last April, our Area of Operations was the American border territory
immediately adjacent to the U.S. border fence with Mexico, within
Cochise County, Arizona. Yet this "local" focus has had a huge
national effect! Because Minuteman volunteers have created a
model that can be used by any group of concerned, responsible citizens
anywhere on our borders!
You may have read that people seeking to enter illegally
simply "went around" where the Minutemen were watching. I'm sure some
did. But in that first April some 60,000 MONTHLY crossings
typically recorded DID NOT HAPPEN in our sector, and Minuteman Civil
Defense Corps volunteers have recorded thousands of peaceful,
non-violent detainment assists with Border Patrol and Customs agents of
people illegally crossing our border with Mexico since November of 2002.
In addition (and I'm SURE you've never read this in the mainstream
media!) since June 1, 2003, Minuteman volunteers have made more than
240 rescues of men, women and children lost or abandoned by
traffickers. We provided life-saving water, first aid, blankets and food
while waiting for Border Patrol agents to arrive on the scene and deport
groups of illegal arrivals.
Let me repeat --the results for just this first April's effort, alone,
are impressive. Numbers released by the Border Patrol, when compared to
the previous April's figures, show that the Minutemen's initial presence
appears to have prevented some 60,000 potential illegal aliens from
crossing where they normally would, along the Naco corridor. Illegal
alien crossings as well as drug, arms and sex-trade smuggling were
essentially STOPPED along the Cochise County line during that first
And that was only the beginning. Because our efforts have
galvanized a national movement that THIS APRIL has provided over
7,000 volunteers to man borders in several states --on both the
Mexican AND Canadian borders -24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
You can keep up with the rapidly growing developments in the "Minuteman"
movement at our website: www.MinutemanHQ.com. YES, we're glad
when we can control sections of the border. But what's even better
is drawing national attention to the problem, and inspiring other
Americans to act!
The point of everything we do is simple: securing our borders is a
basic task of government that it ignores at the peril of its citizens!
WE MUST ACT until our government acts to secure our borders.
Because, you see, OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS EMPERILED. AND EVERY DAY
THOSE OF US WHO LIVE NEAR THE BORDER ARE AT RISK OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT AND
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY FROM ILLEGAL BORDER-CROSSERS. Moreover, the
illegal immigrants themselves are at risk -- at the hands of vicious
syndicated crime cartels.
EXAMPLE NUMBER ONE: POROUS BORDERS AND SEXUAL CRIME
Dr. Carol Hand was part of the original Minuteman musters. She and Ed
Kolb, an Arizona resident, took a walk and found a "rape tree, " with
panties hung up in the tree.
"After the coyotes ('human traffickers' paid to transport people
illicitly over the border) get the women across the border, safely
on u.s. soil, they gang rape them to show they have total control
over them. They hang their panties in the trees as signs of the
conquest. I couldn't leave them there. As a woman, I had to take
them down. "
I have pictures of just such a tree.
If the women are young and pretty, they are kept in houses of
prostitution where they have to have their families buy them out or work
their way out. Of course, none will testify to this because the
coyotes know where they are from and can seek revenge on their families
But I’m happy to report that during the time our volunteers watch the
border, such horrible crimes are prevented in our sector by the simple
expedient of watching who crosses into America and having them
apprehended by authorities.
EXAMPLE NUMBER TWO: POROUS BORDERS AND ONGOING SLAVERY
You know, Mexico is not --or shouldn't be --so poor a country. It has
natural resources, including great oil reserves. But this wealth is
reserved for a European-descended elite, while descendents of the Mayan
Indians are sent north as wage slaves.
Tragically, it is no exaggeration to say that the Mexican government
is engaging in a slave trade of sending its poor to the USA where they
are exploited to the fullest, often by their own countrymen. The
Mexican government has even produced an official book telling its people
HOW to illegally enter the U.S and become essentially indentured
My friend, what's happening with the advice and support of both the
Mexican and U.S. governments is FAR too reminiscent of the slave trade
of the 1700s. As you know, Americans stopped exploiting slave labor with
the Civil War, but now unchecked illegal immigration is
re-introducing slavery in a new guise!
BUT WHEN THE MINUTEMEN ARE ON PATROL, IT BECOMES PRETTY HARD TO
SMUGGLE WAGE SLAVES THROUGH THE BORDER SECTION WE WATCH.
EXAMPLE NUMBER THREE: PARAMILITARY DRUG GANGS
According to a U.S. Department of Justice "Intelligence Bulletin,"
American-trained rogue commandos now known as "Los Zetas" may be heading
our way. This Bulletin says the "Zetas" are responsible for hundreds
of drug-related murders. They've executed journalists and already
murdered people in Dallas, McAllen, and Laredo, TX. They've begun
shooting at U.S. Border Patrol agents!
At the Arizona border with Mexico agents are already seeing a major
increase in violence. One agent commented: "Last year we had documented
only nine shootings against our agents. This year we're up to about 18
shootings already. "
In March of 2002, U.S. Customs agents were involved in a shootout -- and
not on the border, but south of Phoenix, in the center of our state --
with an enemy they had not seen before.
An enemy equipped with automatic weapons, body armor, and
state-of-the-art communications, in a word -- it looked "military."
BUT NO "ZETAS" CROSSED THE BORDER DURING OUR OPERATIONS, THIS YEAR OR
LAST, ANYWHERE THE MINUTEMEN ARE ON WATCH.
I don't think our President is thinking of the "Zetas" when he suggests
we allow widespread amnesty for illegal aliens already in this country.
Because it does NOTHING to uphold the rule of law or protect our
citizens if you declare "amnesty “ and you're not willing to stop the
flood of NEW illegal migrants.
EXAMPLE NUMBER FOUR: THREATS TO LIVESTOCK, PETS AND PROPERTY
Illegal border-crossers often cut the throats of ranchers' family dogs,
to keep the dogs from barking at them as they trespass the ranchers'
property. At other times, they break windows to enter outbuildings or
unoccupied dwellings. Many ranchers have lost cattle to
newly-arrived illegal aliens.
In fact, more than one rancher has come across illegal crossers
gleefully barbecuing one of his steers they just killed. "The idea of
private property is just totally foreign to these poor people," one
rancher told me. "It's sad -- but what am I supposed to do? Where are
the government protections for me and mine? I worked for and earned what
I have here."
Well, while we Minutemen have watched, in our sector ranchers felt
their families, pets and property were secure. "Thank goodness for
the Minutemen”, said seventy-eight year old grandmother Mary Rogers.
"Since the Minutemen have been here, it has been absolutely peaceful
Yet you know as well as I do, my friend, that if our government won't
do its. and secure our borders, these kinds of assaults on our citizens'
property and safety will continue.
BUT THERE'S EVEN SCARIER NEWS. beginning of the letter. I
alluded to it in the beginning of the letter.
"I found the knapsack hung up on the fence, " said Walter Kolbe. "I
didn't think much of it. I thought it had been left by an illegal that
was scared away by the dog. I threw it in the garbage. My wife later
asked if I had looked to see what was in it and I told her I had not.
She looked in it and came back with a small notebook. It had writing
in three languages, English, Spanish and Arabic. We called a
reporter who came over, took pictures, and later wrote a story. We also
called the FBI, who didn't seem to be very interested in it. Later, they
got VERY interested in it and the notebook is now in Washington
somewhere. It was an exhibit in a Congressional hearing."
So YES, my friend, some Arab-speaking aliens have definitely gotten into
America illegally. With THOUSANDS of illegal migrants slipping through
our sieve-like border every day, it doesn't take much imagination to
realize we have NO idea how many Middle Eastern terrorists may
have gotten into this country since 9-11. There's simply no way to
know -- we just know they're here!
BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS that as long as the Minutemen are watching, it's
doubtful any would-be terrorists will successfully cross our section of
In other words, we Minutemen have shown that our borders CAN be
protected – it just takes the will to do so.
Now since we're only volunteers, it has been a challenge to sit
there at the border as much as is needed. But we continue to show that
more eyes and ears make a difference. We have proved that if the
National Guards and state Militias started doing their desert
training along our borders, for example, their mere presence would
cause a big reduction in incursions.
We have showed that control of our borders is doable -- and that
it's every American's business.
So I'm writing this letter to ask you to help the Minuteman
Defense Corps meet this urgent need in 3 ways:
1) Send a gift of support so we can keep doing large-scale, high profile
operations that demonstrate how our borders CAN be controlled, and keep
organizing other like-minded civic groups. We' re not afraid of
being lied about in the mainstream media and called "vigilantes"
when we know we can help law enforcement do their job without resorting
to violence in any way. Former Ambassador Alan Keyes believes our
Minuteman border work is so essential and timely he has offered his
superb organization, the Declaration Alliance, to become for now the
"parent" organization to our Minutemen Civil Defense Corps Project, so
we can continue organizing TODAY, while our own non-profit approvals
work their way through the slow, slow federal bureaucracy!
We must reach millions of Americans right away with this project, which
is of the utmost urgency. I've enclosed a brief note from Ambassador
Keyes he wanted you to see!
Please take a "Minuteman minute" and fill out the enclosed survey. You
see, there are a lot of Washington politicians who don't live in
Tombstone, Arizona. They need to know that you and thousands upon
thousands of voters like you share the sentiments of those of us who DO
live on or near our fragile borders. Too many Washington politicians
think uncontrolled, lawless immigration means NOTHING to voters in their
district. Please, help us change their minds! Fill in the enclosed
survey and send it in!
LET US KNOW IF YOU'D LIKE TO REGISTER TO BE A "MINUTEMAN" ON THE BORDER
LINE. As long as the government refuses to protect our border, we
must. And you can! Join us at www.MinutemanHQ.com or
call 520-829-3112 to register. We are already working with new groups
of Minutemen in New Mexico, Texas, Michigan -- and adding other border
SOME SIMPLE FACTS ABOUT CONTROLLING OUR BORDERS
Those who cross the border illegally face great danger. In 2003,
19 migrants suffocated while being transported in a coyote truck in
south Texas. Many have died in the desert or drowned in the Rio
Massive illegal immigration fills the pockets of callously unscrupulous,
organized black-market criminal smugglers.
Undocumented and uncontrolled immigration means we have no way to
weed out dangerous criminals or seditious elements.
Massive illegal immigration puts a strain on social services. And
not just in border states! That's because the black-market smuggling
racket swiftly transports illegal migrants to every corner of America.
In this age of international terrorism, we must make EVERY effort to
keep out those whose malice toward our nation knows no bounds.
Controlling our borders is Step #1 in truly ensuring our national
Frankly, national security is the Minutemen's greatest concerns.
You see, the way things are at present, all we can be sure of is that
some Middle Eastern terrorists are entering America over our unsecured
borders. And all the valiant efforts of law enforcement to find and
arrest them are USELESS if more of them can enter America whenever they
feel like it!
The simple truth is that THE ONLY WAY TO STOP "LEAKING" TERRORISTS
INTO AMERICA IS TO CONTROL OUR BORDERS. As Ronald Reagan said when
he attempted to reform our border security: "This country has lost
control of its borders, and no country can sustain that kind of
position." Yet the rate of illegal immigration is many times higher
than when Reagan was President.
HOW TO GUARANTEE FAILURE OR FINALLY FIND SUCCESS
Basically, to guarantee national security and national sovereignty
failure, don't change a thing! Let the borders go the way they are.
Within a generation the rising tide of illegal migration and its
attendant criminal enterprises -- at the rate they are accelerating
-- will overwhelm our national security, our social safety-net AND our
And long before that, a gang of terrorists could sneak in, very
easily, with a small atomic device --a "dirty nuke." Or right now, any
day, consider what it would be like for your hometown police to find
themselves locked in mortal combat with the U.S.-trained commandos
turned mercenaries -- the crime cartels' heavily-armed, combat-capable
They're here, they'll keep coming, until we control our borders.
But the GOOD NEWS is that we at the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps have
DEMONSTRATED success, RECRUITED others to follow our example, and
CAPTURED the ear of key people in Washington. You can help us
drastically improve the border picture. Here’s how:
1) Support Minuteman Civil Defense with the best gift you can.
Respond in every way you can when we get in touch with you.
2) Make sure your Congressman and Senators know how you really feel
about the "illegal immigration invasion. " Fill out and send in the
enclosed survey. New laws are needed to close the foolish
loopholes in our border control, and new political and spending
priorities are needed so that the #1 national security threat -- our
open borders -- is fixed!
3) Consider acting with others like we've done in southern
Arizona. And yes, we'll be glad to help you get started.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Now, please just take a
Minuteman minute more and complete your survey and mail it in. It's part
of the enclosed reply form.
Yours for a safe America,
[Signature of Chris Simcox]
MINUTEMAN Civil Defense Corps
P.S. In my mind, controlling our borders IS, and OUGHT TO BE, a
bipartisan, non-political issue! EVERY American, including every legal
immigrant, is at risk from the massive social AND security problems
spawned by a totally-out-of-control border. The MINUTEMEN have made a
beginning -- and this citizen movement is spreading! It's not too
late if we act, together, as lovers of liberty , as concerned Americans.
So please, use the enclosed reply form and send us the best gift you
can today. We welcome small gifts, but if you can send at least $35,
please do! And if you're in position to send a
larger gift: $100, $500, even $1000 or $5000, please, do so NOW.
The publicity generated by our first unit of Minutemen in Cochise
County, Arizona, has birthed a national movement. But to
take advantage of this momentum -- and get control of our border -- we
really, really need your help today. Thanks for loving America, and for
joining us to protect and defend her.
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