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Minutemen Return for the Weekend
KOLD TV (CBS) - Tucson, Arizona ^ | 15 May 2005 | Mark Stine

Posted on 05/15/2005 9:54:56 PM PDT by Spiff

Mark Stine KOLD News 13 Reporter Posted: 5-15-05

"We're two and a half miles from the border everything you see down there is Mexico."

Joe Scelso owns the Rockin JP Ranch in Cochise County. He's been dealing with illegal immigrants for nearly a decade. "I've picked up probably, in the last 8 years, a couple hundred backpacks."

Scelso says the Minutemen Project in April must have left an ongoing effect on the border, because it's still pretty quiet around his ranch. "It wasn't until they did show up down here that we finally got the relief we've been hoping for, because the government sure hasn't been doing it," Scelso told KOLD News 13.

Until the government steps in, Scelso would like the volunteers to be a permanent fixture along the border. "Well I'd love to have them here all the time to be honest with you."

They might not be down in Cochise County all the time, but the minutemen are making it clear, their not giving up on the border. "This isn't a passing craze," Minuteman Mitch Geiger said.

With just a few days notice, the minutemen organized nearly 150 volunteers to watch the Arizona/Mexico border this weekend. "This is something we feel really strongly about and it's unfortunate that I have to take another weekend out of my life to come down here," Geiger told KOLD News 13.

Mitch Geiger helped with the Minuteman Project most of the month of April. When he heard his help was needed again, he jumped at the chance.

Geiger says the Border Patrol presence he saw last month isn't the same. "In April, there were hundreds of them driving up and down this highway here," Geiger continued. "I can count the number I've seen drive past on one hand."

When the minutemen locate illegal border crossers, they say they don't confront them, they call border patrol to come and pick them up. But Geiger says, the border patrol response time is also quite different. "A two, three or four minute response time last month, has now increased to a documented 15 to 20 minute response time."

The Border Patrol says they are still operating at the same capacity they were in April. They added, it's still their priority to respond to citizen calls.

Mitch Geiger says he doesn't blame the Border Patrol and the minutemen are on the border to support them. But Geiger does say he and the minutemen will follow through until the border is secure. "We're back and we'll be happy to come back next weekend if we need to until you guys get your act straightened out."

And rancher Joe Scelso says he'll do what he can to keep the minutemen around for good. "I'll go out there and give them lunch or whatever it takes if they'd be willing to stay here because they're doing a fantastic job. It's having an effect, it's had an effect."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderintruders; cochisecounty; criminalinvaders; illegalaliens; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; mmp; nativists; patriots; vigilantes

1 posted on 05/15/2005 9:54:57 PM PDT by Spiff
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To: Spiff

God bless the MM!


2 posted on 05/15/2005 9:56:20 PM PDT by cyborg (Serving fresh, hot Anti-opus since 18 April 2005)
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But...but...I thought the MMP had imploded? /sarcasm

3 posted on 05/15/2005 10:27:48 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation 4th of July ~)
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To: Spiff

It appears that citizen groups like MM are going to have to do the jobs that our government refuses to do.

So be it.


4 posted on 05/15/2005 10:28:27 PM PDT by Humidston (Pubbies - GROW SOME!!!)
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To: Spiff

It appears that citizen groups like MM are going to have to do the jobs that our government refuses to do.

So be it.


5 posted on 05/15/2005 10:29:08 PM PDT by Humidston (Pubbies - GROW SOME!!!)
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To: Spiff
Thanks for the update Spiff.

We have been working within the Yuma group to reverse the bad policys, and improve the organization of the group, with noticable success, word has it that someone from the Minutemen, probably Chris Simcox, will be here tomorrow for our first operation.

6 posted on 05/15/2005 10:29:29 PM PDT by c-b 1
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To: c-b 1

c-b1,
Please keep us posted on your project in Yuma.


7 posted on 05/15/2005 10:35:00 PM PDT by JoeBob (If you live like sheep the wolves will eat you.)
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To: cyborg

Absolutely.


8 posted on 05/15/2005 10:38:07 PM PDT by television is just wrong (http://heidisblogs.blogspot.com/ (visit blogs, visit ads).)
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To: Spiff
Geiger says the Border Patrol presence he saw last month isn't the same. "In April, there were hundreds of them driving up and down this highway here," Geiger continued. "I can count the number I've seen drive past on one hand."

That would certanly go along with Sector Chief Nicely's (sp?) intent to keep the arrest numbers down, just pull out all the field BP agents.

9 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:27 PM PDT by TLI (. ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA,. .Minuteman Project, Day -1 to Day 8)
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To: TLI

I think they are trying to get a reaction out of the Minutemen!! Just go ahead and touch ONE illegal alien and we will reach out and touch you!!! Crap is getting old fast!!


11 posted on 05/15/2005 10:52:38 PM PDT by 26lemoncharlie ('Cuntas haereses tu sola interemisti in universo mundo!')
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To: Spiff

I think the American people could fund a number of MM to watch the border for a long time if that is what it takes.


12 posted on 05/15/2005 10:54:53 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: JoeBob

Will do.


13 posted on 05/15/2005 10:58:45 PM PDT by c-b 1
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To: HiJinx
But...but...I thought the MMP had imploded? /sarcasm

That is what we are going to get for a little while, then the media is going to black out anything about the MMP.

14 posted on 05/15/2005 11:02:13 PM PDT by c-b 1
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To: HiJinx

BTTT


15 posted on 05/15/2005 11:26:53 PM PDT by in the Arena (Life may begin at 30, but it doesn't get real interesting until about 110.)
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To: Spiff

Can anyone come up with a good answer as to why the government has it's head up its ass on border protection?...If they think we voters don't see the blantant disregard they have for us when we demand they do something about it only reinforces the fact that BOTH PARTIES are controlled by lobby money........


16 posted on 05/16/2005 12:47:21 AM PDT by Route101
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To: Calpernia; Velveeta

Ping


17 posted on 05/16/2005 3:57:34 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (My prayer of thanks is for all the Freepers who make my days so interesting,educational and loving.)
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To: HiJinx

Your evil humor -snicker-


18 posted on 05/16/2005 5:26:22 AM PDT by AZHua87 (Insurgent BloggerVet!)
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To: AZHua87
Conclusions of the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel

Border XXI Program

U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Framework (read on down to the La Paz Agreement...


Playing the raza card...[snip]In addition, they, along with his eminence, Mexican President Vicente Fox, believe they should be allowed to vote in our elections as well as Mexico's, even if they know less English than I know Greek
19 posted on 05/16/2005 6:44:32 AM PDT by JesseJane
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To: HiJinx

bump!


20 posted on 05/16/2005 7:22:54 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

bump


21 posted on 05/16/2005 7:24:38 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Spiff

22 posted on 05/16/2005 8:03:02 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: HiJinx

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


23 posted on 05/16/2005 8:10:40 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Spiff

Bless you and bless the Minute men! BTTT!!!


24 posted on 05/16/2005 12:14:30 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Truth is a rare commodity. Seek it, know it and cherish it.)
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