Skip to comments.Response to Minuteman boss less harsh[Simcox returns to UT San Antonio]
Posted on 10/30/2007 10:06:05 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
After a hostile reception in April, Chris Simcox's return Monday to the University of Texas at San Antonio was much quieter, though not entirely free of protest.
Simcox, president of the Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, was invited to campus by UTSA's chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas to talk about the values of the Minutemen, often-armed citizens who patrol U.S. borders reporting illegal activity to police. He spoke in the Retama Auditorium at the University Center.
A handful of students chanting "Racist, fascist, go away!" interrupted Simcox during his speech, but were led away in orderly fashion by campus police after ignoring several warnings to sit down and be quiet.
About 45 students came to hear Simcox on Monday, a much smaller crowd than the hundreds who packed the Sombrilla Plaza for his first appearance in April. At that event, protesters with bullhorns became so loud and unruly that they clashed with campus police and forced Simcox to leave midspeech.
Like last time, the protesters circulated fliers accusing Simcox of links to white supremacist organizations, a claim Simcox denies.
"I know enough from this pamphlet to know that he is not celebrating equal rights," said Marcus Allen, a 19-year-old protester. "They're allowing someone to call a rally of ignorance and bigotry. You can't do that."
Other students chided the protesters.
"They are not effective. They are emotional," said Amarro Nelson, a 20-year-old junior. "These people are talking about race, (Simcox) is talking about the border."
Simcox also lashed back at the protesters, saying they had a "fascist mentality" because they tried to quash his right to free speech.
During his talk, Simcox said that when government fails to enforce laws against illegal immigration, citizens like the Minutemen have a moral obligation to step in and help.
"I have seen the people they bring over here as economic chattel," Simcox said, adding that he has found bodies of immigrants in the desert. "I don't blame any of the people for coming here, but we must have a way to bring them in legally."
He urged students to do their part by voting and helping undocumented immigrants with citizenship applications.
"Many of them take great pride in it," Simcox said, referring to those without documents. "You have to ask what truly is in their hearts."
They apparently can quote ignorant bigots in the news, Marcus.
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“I know enough from this pamphlet to know that he is not celebrating equal rights,” said Marcus Allen, a 19-year-old protester. “They’re allowing someone to call a rally of ignorance and bigotry. You can’t do that.”
I see another throughly dumb no experience in life no thinking I know everything about everything moron has spoken.
By his one statement; it proves this poor kid knows nuthin about nutin.
Teehee ~snorrfle!~ His parents invited him to leave home while he was still young and knew it all!
They had a very biased depiction of the Minutemen, one which portrays them as angry, violent, gun-toting and threatening, people.