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.
(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.
“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.
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