Skip to comments.Minutemen shut out in Oswego
Posted on 11/26/2005 3:00:19 PM PST by chicagolady
YORKVILLE In the late 1770s, when the Minutemen came to town, it was to repel British soldiers during the American revolution. These special militia units, so named because they could be deployed at a minute's notice, joined forces with the main colonial militias to meet the British forces head-on in the early battles of the war.
These days, when the Minutemen come to town, they're more likely to be met by controversy, protests and an increased police presence.
The current Minuteman Project was created in 2004 by Californian Jim Gilchrist as a group of volunteers looking to stop illegal immigrants from entering the United States.
The organization set up an unofficial patrol along the Arizona-Mexico border earlier this year, its members armed with cell phones and binoculars, placing calls to police and immigration services.
Since then, the group's numbers have grown amidst charges of racism and xenophobia. Volunteer groups going by the name "Minuteman Project" can be found in several states, including Illinois, where the local organization has been trying to start a Fox Valley chapter.
According to Minuteman Dan Kairis, of South Elgin, the third organizational meeting of the Fox Valley chapter of the Illinois Minutemen is scheduled for Dec. 7 at the Yorkville American Legion on Route 34.
Kairis has been working with the Chicago Minutemen, trying to determine local interest in issues involving illegal immigration and crafting an agenda for a local Minuteman group.
"We're doing this because the elected officials are not doing the job," he said. "The Fox Valley meetings will go over the reasons we need to look at the problem of illegal immigration, like health care, and the costs to the taxpayers."
The planned Yorkville meeting follows on the heels of a similar event at the Elgin American Legion Hall Nov. 10. There, hundreds of protesters surrounded the building, and Elgin police called in various other local police departments to help keep the peace. The protest was considered peaceful, and no arrests were made, according to police.
Kairis said the Fox Valley chapter originally tried to hold its third meeting at the Oswego American Legion but was turned down for insurance reasons.
"They told me that their insurance agent advised them not to have the meeting, just in case," he said. "They said they didn't have the right catastrophic event insurance."
Officials from the Oswego American Legion said that they did pull out but would not confirm the reasons for canceling the meeting.
Gary Bullock, commander of the Yorkville Legion, said he was unaware of the nature of the Minuteman Project, and he has not taken any steps to prepare for protests.
He noted that the Fox Valley Minutemen had not paid their deposit for renting the hall, and that any plans they have are tentative until he makes a determination of the situation.
"I'd like to see this post recognized for the good that we do," he said. "The last thing I want is any trouble, or any police here. If this applicant is not who we want here, we can deny them."
Kairis said he joined the Minutemen after the first organizational meeting, held last month in Arlington Heights. He said he was unaware before that meeting of the number of illegal immigrants living in the state.
The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service kept records on the illegal immigrant population as recently as 2000, when Illinois ranked fourth in the nation, with an estimated 432,000 illegal residents. Following Sept. 11, 2001, the duties of enforcement were undertaken by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and, according to ICE's Carl Rusnock, of the Dallas, Texas, office, those figures are the most current.
"Illinois may be fifth, and it may be third by now," he said. "Things may have changed, but not that much."
As for charges of racism, Kairis said they are unfounded, blaming immigrants' rights groups for spreading falsehoods about the Minuteman organization. He said that, contrary to reports he has heard, he believes there have been no cases in which the Minutemen have taken immigrants into custody or confronted them physically.
"If you tell a lie long enough and loud enough, and you get the media to cover it, then people start believing it," he said. "These meetings are full of senior citizens and veterans concerned about their children."
The American Legion, since the organization's first convention, has recognized the threat of illegal immigration to this country's security and well-being.
It has continually passed resolutions calling on Congress and other governmental agencies to pass and enforce effective immigration laws that will restrict entry of illegal immigrants.
The American Legion is unalterably opposed to illegal immigration and urges Congress and the states, the U.S. Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to take the necessary action to stop the invasion of this country by illegal immigrants.
Specific actions to achieve this goal include the following steps:
1. Hire and train additional border patrol agents with employment preference afforded former military personnel.
2. Urge Congress to pass legislation to empower all the nation's law enforcement personnel to apprehend, hold and incarcerate those individuals who are in this country illegally.
3. Initiate immediate deportation proceedings at major points of embarkation for those arriving in this country without valid passport visas.
4. Require that all legal aliens carry a counterfeit resistant registration card and that they be required to report, in a specified length of time, to local officials their location and place of employment.
5. Petition the President of the United States and the Congress to expand and strengthen the Customs and Immigration Services and the U.S. Coast Guard, and enact such emergency measures as will prevent smuggling of illegal aliens and stop, detain and deport potential terrorists or those with ties to terrorist groups.
6. That, as appropriate, military resources be employed to assist in stopping the flow of illegal aliens into the country, and all of the resources of the United States be utilized to enforce the security of our country's borders. The American Legion urges Congress to seek ways in which to ease the strain on federal, state and local forms of public assistance by reducing or eliminating demands on these services by illegal immigrants.
The American Legion supports strict enforcement and heavy penalties for U.S. employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens.
Delegates to The American Legions 87th Annual National Convention in August 2005 passed Resolution 1 titled Call for Action on Illegal Immigration Issue which called for Congressional action to take steps necessary to secure the borders of this country.
It also requested an accountability of our elected officials on illegal immigration issues and to use all possible means to bring solution to the challenges faced by the United States because of illegal immigration.
DUH??? What is wrong with this Picture???
American Legion, 19 W Washington St, Oswego, Illinois 60543-8621, USA.
Call them would you?? Phone: (630) 554-8751
Petition the President of the United States and the Congress to expand and strengthen the Customs and Immigration Services and the U.S. Coast Guard, and enact such emergency measures as will prevent smuggling of illegal aliens and stop, detain and deport potential terrorists or those with ties to terrorist groups.
This President? Never happen.
They aren't Minutemen, they're undocumented border agents.
I second the motion!!
Since when is it racist or xenophobic to help police enforcement do there job and uphold the law and arrest an invasion of lawbreakers?
Illinois, my home state, continues to bleed blue, and it's nauseating. The Minutemen should find an American Legion or VFW Hall in the area that's willing to take the risk (although I thought free speech was still allowed; are politicians afraid of a bunch of illegal aliens picketing or rioting...well, easier to grab 'em, don't you think?) let everyone know there's a meeting going on and invite the rest of the American public who care and want to contribute. This is too important an issue to ignore further. Hell, the Minutemen will probably get a
truckload of new recruits. Maybe Illinois should start policing it's own borders....
Perhaps this is actually true, particularly if the insurance agent has been reading some of the misinformed reports available in the press. I could see them getting nervous about riot damage.
Since there are no good arguments in support of illegal immigration, the only thing that illegal immigration cheerleaders can resort to in trying to support their position is to tell lies, use gross exaggerations, resort to name-calling, or wave around the Race Card.
I e-mailed Commander Thompson asking why the Minutemen were shut out in Oswego. If I get an answer, I'll post it.
I've been getting a lot of that from Free Republic members lately. Are these liberal tools just hyperemotional Neocons who are regurgitating what the press is feeding them or are they just not thinking it all through? I do know that Conservatives have never been under such a concentrated ideological attack since Goldwater's run.
Seriously, how can these people sleep at night?
AND NOW>>> THE REST OF THE STORY!
I got a call from a guy who has been at the American Legion in Yorkville for 8 years. He said he believes the hall is worried about offending hispanics that rent the hall...a big source of revenue for the legion.
FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Support our Minutemen Patriots!
Be Ever Vigilant ~ Bump!
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