2006 April 20 Thursday
Minutemen To Start Building Mexico Border Barrier Fence

Minuteman founder Chris Simcox answered questions on Hannity & Colmes about Minuteman plans to build a private barrier structure along sections of the US-Mexican border.

CHRIS SIMCOX, PRESIDENT, MINUTEMEN CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS: Yes, we've been contacted by land owners and contractors. This has been in the works for awhile. But basically, I guess at this point, we're going to give the president an ultimatum to declare a state of emergency and deploy the National Guard and military reserves or by the 25th of May or Memorial Day weekend, we're going to break ground and we're going to start helping landowners to build a double layer security fence along their properties, because the federal government refuses to protect them.

The Minutemen have a Minuteman National Blog which has a statement on the proposed Minuteman private border barrier fence.

(PHOENIX, AZ) April 20, 2006 – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), today announced plans by the MCDC to work with local Arizona land owners to build border security fencing on private land along the border with Mexico.

At present, six private land owners have partnered with the Minutemen for the commencement of construction of border fencing on their land. Surveillance cameras on the fencing will be monitored via computer by registered Minutemen across the country. We have chosen a fence design that is based on the Israeli fences in Gaza and on the West Bank that have cut terrorist attacks there by 95% or more. In order to be effective, a fence should not be easy to compromise by climbing over it with a ladder, cutting through it with wire cutters, ramming it with a vehicle, or tunneling under it undetected. No fence can be a 100% impenetrable barrier—but a good design will be time-consuming enough to get through that Border Patrol agents can be alerted to get to a point of attempted intrusion before the intrusion can be completed. Our design does this. You can see it at www.WeNeedAFence.com

Two construction companies to date have offered to inaugurate groundbreaking, coordinate volunteer construction crews and donate the use of the necessary heavy construction equipment.

The groundbreaking will begin in Arizona on Memorial Day weekend, unless in the interim President Bush deploys National Guard and reserve troops to immediately secure the out-of-control southern border.

The fencing will be built with privately donated funds, engineering and labor and will be used as an example to educate the public about the feasibility and efficacy of fencing to secure America’s borders from illegal incursion by aliens and international criminal cartels. A non-profit organization dedicated specifically to this purpose will facilitate and administer donations for construction of the fence. Monetary and in-kind contributions for this effort will go directly into building materials for this private, volunteer fencing project.

Says Simcox:

“President Bush and Congress have taxed the wages of the American people to pay for the protection of our country, and expended those dollars to subsidize millions of low-wage illegal workers with housing, education, medical care, and welfare benefits. Yet even the most basic level of national territorial integrity requires that our elected representatives secure the border. Should they continue to refuse to do their Constitutional duty, the Minutemen will again step into the breach and commence building the required border barriers on private land and with private donations.

“Should President Bush and Congress fail to fulfill their oaths of office, and meet their Constitutional obligation to protect these United States from invasion, we, the sovereign people of the United States, having suffered a long train of abuses at the hand of a willfully insolent government, do hereby declare that these States ought, should and will be protected by American Minutemen.”

They have a lot more there. Click through and read the full statement by Chris Simcox and lots of excellent comments with additional news.

The US national government and state governments own large stretches of the US border with Mexico. Obviously the national government will block attempts to build a privately funded barrier on national land. One of the states (Arizona in particular) might consent to private funding of a border barrier on state land. But the Minutemen already have several ranchers who will support putting a barrier on their land. That should not be surprising. Illegal border crossers kill livestock, rob, vandalize, rape, and commit other crimes on private land. A barrier would provide a lot of relief for border residents - relief that should be the responsibility of the federal government in Washington DC.

A private effort is going to be able to build for a much lower cost than a government. funded structure. Check out the WeNeedAFence.com web site for a picture of the proposed barrier. They propose two fences, two barbed wire layers, and two ditches (to prevent fence ramming with cars) running in parallel with sensors and cameras along with an access road. The goal is to allow the sensors to detect crossing attempts and then for the barrier to so slow the crossers that border patrol agents will have the time to get to an area where sensors have detected crossers before the crossers get far.

One advantage of a private effort is that it will allow testing of different design approaches to identify weaknesses and strengths of each approach. While open borders advocates will trumpet each problem found with private barriers these barriers will serve as valuable learning tools and experiments for the eventual national barrier. A privately funded barrier is also going to shame some politicians into shifting toward a more restrictionist stance on immigration.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 April 20 05:34 PM  Immigration Border Barrier

John S Bolton said at April 21, 2006 2:08 AM:

National security as a private affair in wartime; how derelict this makes the government look! What if our bases in Iraq had to raise money privately for perimeter fences, while the government was spending money on day care centers for the children of hostiles? Aggression is always a public affair; aggression on the border by foreigners, and against private land as well, with the government waiting for private parties to build defenses against foreign aggressors, shows up extraordinary traitorous qualities in our government. It is the responsibility of officials to go to the aid of our fellow nationals who are being atacked on the border, before they do any civilian function.
Officials may not play lady bountiful, with other people's money, while they leave the borders undefended aginst actual foreign aggressors. The government cannot pretend not to hear the summons of the landowners to defend them.

daveg said at April 21, 2006 7:41 AM:

The minutemen are very good at generating publicity that exposes the Bush Admin. I tip my hat to them.

Bob Badour said at April 21, 2006 3:01 PM:

Sadly, I suspect Bush's unique combination of stupidity and stubbornness means he will ignore the Minutemen or turn against them.

noone said at April 21, 2006 5:10 PM:


Bush has already denounced them as "vigilantes".

Of course,vigilantism emerges only when legitimate authority can not,or in this case,simply will not enforce the law(thus proving his stupidity).
The federal gov't has refused to enforce the law,so others,states,counties and individual groups,will do so.When the D.C. politicians move to shut down such groups,they inform everyone who's side they're on(thus proving his stubborness and the stupidity of the political class as a whole).
This will further erode the legitamacy of the state and undermine it's authority,emboldening other groups to test them(thus proving the stupidity and stubborness of various breeds of neo-cons,libertarians and progressives).
The Democrats have sought to make America ungovernable by anyone one but themselves.
They have succeded in making it simply ungovernable(thus proving the stupidity of Democrats,leftists,academics and the media).

The U.S.A. is fast becoming a political,economic and cultural "failed state".

John S Bolton said at April 22, 2006 3:01 AM:

Not so completely, just yet; and especially in that that we have patriots who can evoke the command of the people on to the officals, to defend the nation against foreign aggressors here. This summons to public forces, to go to the defemse of our fellow nationals who are being attacked by foreign aggressors within the borders, is a real command. It forces the issue; and our officials dare not show the full extent of their traitorous siding with the foreign criminals attacking within the national boundaries.

FriendlyFire said at April 22, 2006 5:09 AM:

how derelict this makes the government look! What if our bases in Iraq had to raise money privately for perimeter fences, while the government was spending money on day care centers for the children of hostiles?

I thought soldiers in Iraq were already spending there own money on essentila items like body amour, helmet inserts, watches
Not to mention cutbacks in the VA especially now with the high ratio of wounded.

Jorge D.C. said at April 22, 2006 5:03 PM:

The U.S.A. is fast becoming a political,economic and cultural "failed state".

Hard to argue with that. But we are a long way from real failure due to the sheer size of our inheritance from previous generations of Americans.

Politically - we are moving toward an ethnic spoils system at the federal level as seen in many if not most urban areas today.

Economically - we are incapable of addressing the gigantic national debt. Not only the yearly deficits but the nearly nine trillion total debt built up since the 60's.

Culturally - we are now 4.5 years post 9/11 and still there is no memorial at ground zero. And the decapitation of the enemy's regime in Iraq results in only higher oil prices for the USA i.e. there are no spoils of war while Saddam Hussein harangues the court. Domestically still no serious attempt has been made to secure the borders. These are signs of cultural weakness, incoherence and disintegration.

John S. said at April 23, 2006 10:58 AM:

I'm starting to really wonder if our goverment is really any better than Mexico's. Without the war on drugs to corrupt most of Latin America (a policy we created that is an utter failure) I have no doubt they would be better off than we are.

Consider this:


We know that our goverment:

1) Created a ponzi scheme called Social Security and stole the surplus that was going to be the cushion against a major demographic shift.
2) Knowingly takes money from those using bogus SS#'s who will never receive a dime in benefits (unless and until they are amnestied).
3) Knowingly let an employer use the same Social Security number for 2,580 worker reports without enforcement of existing laws.

We don't live in a representative democracy anymore, imo. I have no doubt the inevitable result is a massive civil conflict (Europe is seeing and will see more of this), the destruction of the two party political system, and a balkanization along racial lines as natives flee to less populated areas and create local restrictions to keep illegals out.

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