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Hutchison praises civilians patrolling border [Minuteman Project]
Associated Press ^ | 29 April 2005

Posted on 04/29/2005 10:00:40 PM PDT by Spiff

Posted on Fri, Apr. 29, 2005

Hutchison praises civilians patrolling border

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the civilians who patrolled Arizona's border with Mexico are "very brave" and "caring."

The Texas Republican made the comments late Thursday during Senate debate on the budget. Several volunteers with the "Minuteman Project," some armed, have been patrolling the Arizona-Mexican border. The group is hoping to expand to the Canadian border and other border states.

"We have seen some very brave people sitting on the border of Arizona and Mexico in the last few weeks and I have to say I think these people have shown a commitment and a caring that should be acknowledged here in the United States Senate," Hutchison said, according to a transcript from her office.

Hutchison was pushing for more money for Border Patrol and other immigration enforcement needs. She said money for the agency had been reduced in negotiations with the House.

The volunteers have said they have alerted federal officials to hundreds of cases of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States at the Arizona border and helped stem illegal immigrant traffic. Some federal officials disagree that they had an impact. And President Bush, when asked about the group, said he does not support vigilantes.

Hutchison spokesman Chris Paulitz declined to comment when asked whether Hutchison supports the actions taken by the volunteer patrols. He said the senator is impressed with their commitment and working hard to relieve them of their duty.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: aliens; hutchison; invasion; minutemanproject; mmp; patriots; praise
It is an answer to many prayers that the Minuteman Project was such a stunning success. Tomorrow is the big wrap up event down on the border and I will be there. It is going to be a really big deal. Randy Graf, who just announced another primary election challenge against RINO Jim Kolbe, will be the keynote speaker. I hear rumor that there may be other VIPs there, but I've heard nothing certain yet.

It is so satisfying to see the project get the recognition it deserves. I'm lucky to have been a part of this historic event. I want to thank all the FReepers who came to my little corner of the world and put themselves in harm's way to protect my family, my community, and the nation and to call attention to this intolerable problem. I want to thank everyone else for their support of this project. We did it!

1 posted on 04/29/2005 10:00:40 PM PDT by Spiff
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To: HiJinx

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2 posted on 04/29/2005 10:01:22 PM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Boot Hill; Marine Inspector; JackelopeBreeder; idratherbepainting; janetgreen; ...

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3 posted on 04/29/2005 10:10:37 PM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Spiff
". Tomorrow is the big wrap up event "

Does this mean the patrols will end?

4 posted on 04/29/2005 10:16:15 PM PDT by Darkwolf (Jean Shepherd audio: http://www.flicklives.com/Mass_Back/mass_back.htm)
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To: Darkwolf

IIRC they are continuing under another name. I think there are also plans to expand it to texas and new mexico.


5 posted on 04/29/2005 10:19:33 PM PDT by flashbunny
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To: Darkwolf
Does this mean the patrols will end?

Minuteman Project was scheduled from the month of April. Tomorrow is the last day of the month. The patrols will continue in southeastern Arizona under Civil Homeland Defense. The Minuteman Project organizers will continue to organize similar citizens patrol groups along the border and will start a new effort which includes interior enforcement. So, no, the patrols will not end.

6 posted on 04/29/2005 10:20:30 PM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: everyone

Excellent. Let's keep track of which politicians say what about this. The more the better. I don't think the Rats will praise the Minutemen!


7 posted on 04/29/2005 10:20:53 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: Spiff
One Minuteman


8 posted on 04/29/2005 10:28:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: California Patriot

Kay Bailey Hutchison is RINO that will say anything to promote her political ambitions. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could spit. Few things are worse than getting stabbed in the back by one of your own.


9 posted on 04/29/2005 10:28:57 PM PDT by BaylorDad (Kay Bailey Hutchison = Hillary Clinton = Kay Bailey Hutchison = Hillary Clinton = Kay Bailey........)
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To: Spiff
Thanks for all your hard work Spiff.

I really appreciate it, and all the updates you provided as well. You should be very proud of what you all accomplished down there.

A few brave American patriots saw a problem, called attention to it, and when their elected representatives shirked their duty took matters into their own hands in a perfectly peaceable and lawful manner. Your actions and those of the others who joined you led directly to the apprehension of hundreds of people who attempted to break our immigration laws and violate our sovereign borders.

What's equally important to my mind is the fact that you weathered the slings and arrows of thousands of idiots who called you 'racists' and 'drunks on lawn chairs slobbering into CB microphones' and proved them all wrong.

Not one single person on either side of the border was hurt, thank God. Most especially not any of the MMP. There was only one arrest of an MM volunteer and after much ballyhoo no charges were actually filed. Funny thing, that.

You people have been maligned and slandered both in the National Press and by more than just a few absolutely shameless and IMO reprehensible persons here.

One other esteemed Freeper who goes by the handle of CulturalJihad compared you folks to Timothy McViegh. That was absolutely beyond the pale as far as I'm concerned and I am quite happy to be one of the many who hit the 'abuse' button in that particular case.

Lots of people owe you and your friends down there an apology. I'm happy to say I'm not one of them. What I do owe you is a very large debt of gratitude and a healthy measure of respect.

You have them both. Thanks Spiff. Thank you very much.

Please keep me posted as to any future plans you have with the MMP. I'll help in any way I can.

Warm regards,

L

10 posted on 04/29/2005 10:30:31 PM PDT by Lurker (Remember the Beirut Bombing; 243 dead Marines. The House of Assad and Hezbollah did it..)
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To: California Patriot
Schwarzenegger recently praised the Minutemen pissing off many who called him racist (not sure if I follow the logic).

Its a pity that our border security is so poor that the people have to result to projects like this. Very patriotic, but I hope the volunteers know that the illegal immigrants can fight back. Incidents will occur. It will be interesting to see if public opinion changes once that happens.

11 posted on 04/29/2005 10:31:26 PM PDT by burzum
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To: Spiff

Not one immigration question was posed to POTUS last night by the elite DC press corps. Not one.


12 posted on 04/29/2005 10:32:16 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: onyx

The elite DC MSM could care less about the immivasion.


13 posted on 04/29/2005 10:34:11 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Spiff

This active duty sailor just wants to say thanks to the "undocumented border patrol" who are just "doing the jobs that (some other)Americans won't do." :)


14 posted on 04/29/2005 10:34:31 PM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: Travis McGee

THAT was painfully apparent. Damn them, because with a little help, the issue would spread like wildfire and become impossible to ignore.


15 posted on 04/29/2005 10:35:42 PM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Spiff

"The group is hoping to expand to the CANADIAN border and other border states."

This is a joke right?

If the Minuteman Project moves to the Canadian border they better bring satalite TVs and a lot of pizza because they're going to have a lot of time on their hands.

The Canadian border is about twice the length of the US Mexico border and most of it is miles from any population centers on the Canadian side and in the West very few border crossings.

There are four in BC, three of them in the Frazer Valley and those are high traffic freight crossing with lots of customs personell on both sides.

And where is the evidence of large numbers of Canadians crossing the border to do the work that Americans are not willing to do.

The problem with illegal immigration is on the US Mexican border. Even Asians are choosing to enter there rather than get stranded by smugglers on the remote North Coast of BC 600 miles from another human being.


16 posted on 04/29/2005 10:37:13 PM PDT by beaver fever
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Several volunteers with the "Minuteman Project," some armed, have

By all measures, the MMP was a stunning success...and the media still insists on portraying the MMP in this negative manner.

17 posted on 04/29/2005 10:55:30 PM PDT by HiJinx (My Momma tol' me that if you gotta sneak, you're wrong...and you know it.)
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To: Spiff
For a second there I thought this was about AZA Hutchinson (and about swallowed my crowns).
18 posted on 04/29/2005 11:03:24 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are REALLY stupid.)
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To: Lurker
Thank you for your kind words. I'll try to pass them on to the volunteers who spent a lot more time down there on the border than I did. I already gave them a compilation of the good things that FReepers had to say about the Project.

There was only one arrest of an MM volunteer and after much ballyhoo no charges were actually filed. Funny thing, that.

Actually, no volunteers were arrested. The only thing that happened was that prank by the fake candidate from California. He was never arrested, charges were never filed, it was a case of false accusations made by the criminal invader. It was all captured on tape and the kids was exonerated.

19 posted on 04/29/2005 11:10:31 PM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Spiff; Lurker

Spiff...Lurker said what I feel...so, I'd like to just add a big ole ditto from this Gramma.

I sure hope & pray that this catches on like a wildfire and kids like my Brad have a better America to grow up in.


20 posted on 04/29/2005 11:42:26 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: onyx
Not one immigration question was posed to POTUS last night by the elite DC press corps. Not one.

I had a pretty good feeling that was what would happen because the mainstream media only attacks Bush from the left and not the right, so I watched country-music videos instead.

22 posted on 04/30/2005 12:15:50 AM PDT by billclintonwillrotinhell
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To: BaylorDad
Kay Bailey Hutchison is RINO that will say anything to promote her political ambitions. I wouldn't trust her as far as I could spit. Few things are worse than getting stabbed in the back by one of your own.

I know that feeling all too well. RINO George W. Bush has stabbed me and other conservatives in the back with his big-government education bill, with his amnesty plan for illegals, with his vigilante insult, with his recent praising of the corrupt Bill Clinton, with his increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and other domestic spending programs, etc.

If Kay Bailey really is a RINO, maybe it's because her mentor lives just down the street at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. As for the praise she gave the minutemen, I applaud it.

23 posted on 04/30/2005 12:22:53 AM PDT by billclintonwillrotinhell
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To: Algernon Sidney

Show me the Arabs and don't bring up the Maxwell Smart shoe bomber in Seatle that one was just too pathetic.


24 posted on 04/30/2005 12:28:00 AM PDT by beaver fever
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To: Travis McGee

Build walls. Great walls.


25 posted on 04/30/2005 12:57:50 AM PDT by This Just In ((In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king))
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To: Spiff
Thanks to you and all the Minutemen for a job well done!
26 posted on 04/30/2005 1:03:07 AM PDT by Flyer (If I were 8 pixels tall I could fit in my tag line)
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To: BaylorDad
Kay Bailey Hutchison is RINO that will say anything ....

Bingo.

27 posted on 04/30/2005 5:38:04 AM PDT by Ron H.
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To: Travis McGee; billclintonwillrotinhell
The elite DC MSM could care less about the immivasion.

I heard it reported that morning on either CNN, MSNBC or FOXNews that WH spokesman McClelland laid out the ground rules and anything having to do with immigration or the Minutemen and a couple of other current issues would definitely be persona-non-grata at the press conference. It figures that the WH wants to do damage control since they're getting creamed by the Minutemen coverage and in the Congress.

28 posted on 04/30/2005 5:56:10 AM PDT by Ron H.
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To: Spiff; All
It was all captured on tape and the kids was exonerated.

Absolutly true, no arrest ever occured. The Sheriff met with the accused person in the "Day room" at the Bible College dorm and the first thing he said was "I am not here to arrest you." He was investigating the allegation. Period. So the guy's buddy fetched the video camera and plugged it into a little TV right there and rolled the tape, with about 15 folks, the Sheriff and his Deputy and the accused person all watching. After watching the entire 10 minutes or so of the "encounter" the Sheriff indicated "nothing here," requested a copy of the tape, not the original and went back to his business. i.e. the sheriff left.

So much for the "arrest."

What does burn me is the reference to the number of Americans at the Project with the term "several." Biggest bunch of "several" I ever saw.

29 posted on 04/30/2005 6:40:34 AM PDT by TLI (. ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA,. .Minuteman Project, Day -1 to Day 8)
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To: Spiff

WOOOOHOOO!

I just talked to Jim Gilchrist again yesterday. 3 Minutemen from Chicago want to stage a protest at a Republican meeting were Steve Rauschenberger who is running for Governor of Illinois will be speaking.

3 weeks ago State Senator Rauschenberger voted for Illinois to ACCEPT the Matricula as a valid form of ID. He also voted to grant Illegal alien's children tuition breaks.

To make a long story short I asked Jim if we could identify ourselves from the Minuteman Project.
He said "By all means!! Please do!"

I am sending out press realeases this weekend.


30 posted on 04/30/2005 6:42:43 AM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Ron H.
I heard it reported that morning on either CNN, MSNBC or FOXNews that WH spokesman McClelland laid out the ground rules and anything having to do with immigration or the Minutemen and a couple of other current issues would definitely be persona-non-grata at the press conference. It figures that the WH wants to do damage control since they're getting creamed by the Minutemen coverage and in the Congress.

Yes, he didn't want anyone cutting into the time that the President needed to explain his new Marxist means-testing way of redistributing money directly confiscated from everyone's paychecks. My back really, really hurts and the stain between my shoulder blades is ruining all of my clothes.

31 posted on 04/30/2005 6:49:06 AM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Spiff
I heard it reported that morning on either CNN, MSNBC or FOXNews that WH spokesman McClelland laid out the ground rules and anything having to do with immigration or the Minutemen and a couple of other current issues would definitely be persona-non-grata at the press conference. It figures that the WH wants to do damage control since they're getting creamed by the Minutemen coverage and in the Congress.

Yes, he didn't want anyone cutting into the time that the President needed to explain his new Marxist means-testing way of redistributing money directly confiscated from everyone's paychecks. My back really, really hurts and the stain between my shoulder blades is ruining all of my clothes.

Maybe using my 'Security Moms for Bush' Tshirt as a car rag is still giving it too much credit. I think I'll line the bird cage with it instead.

Great job, Minutemen! I am as excited about what you have accomplished as if I was living in the 1700's and hearing about the original Minutemen.
32 posted on 04/30/2005 8:59:31 AM PDT by Serenissima Venezia (Hoping to be a California Vigil Antie for the Minuteman Project)
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To: Carry_Okie
For a second there I thought this was about AZA Hutchinson (and about swallowed my crowns).

That's exactly what I thought! Asa correcting himself as regards "the will of the people."

33 posted on 04/30/2005 9:01:29 AM PDT by LNewman
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To: onyx
Not one immigration question was posed to POTUS last night by the elite DC press corps. Not one.

This REALLY bothered me!!! My hubby said he felt the Prez should have brought it up as it is such a HOT issue right now.Wake UP President Bush, Wake up Congress. Minute Men are to be PRAISED!!!!!!

34 posted on 04/30/2005 9:03:00 AM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: LNewman
For a second there I thought this was about AZA Hutchinson (and about swallowed my crowns).

That's exactly what I thought! Asa correcting himself as regards "the will of the people."
Hooked me too....
35 posted on 04/30/2005 9:06:24 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Spiff
Fox Cable News is giving repeated coverage today in the form of a short news item that is repeating with minor variations about every 1/2 hour. They reported that the project will expand to California in June and to two locations along the Canadian border also. The indication was that the project would both expand and become a long term effort. Maybe we should start writing on the endless GOP begging letters that our contributions are being sent to the Minuteman Project.
36 posted on 04/30/2005 9:57:54 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Truth29
Let me amend my last post. Fox just aired a longer report including a several minute interview with Simcox that was even handed and, I thought, rather supportive. It also included information that if the Federal government did not respond effectively there would be a four border state initiative this Fall with 10 - 15 thousand volunteers.
37 posted on 04/30/2005 10:18:47 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Ron H.
It's hard to figure our Presidente's stance on the immivasion.


38 posted on 04/30/2005 10:26:01 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: pollywog

The "four of us" are on the same page. Guess we married smart men...lol.


39 posted on 04/30/2005 10:44:50 AM PDT by onyx (Pope John Paul II - May 18, 1920 - April 2, 2005 = SANTO SUBITO!)
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To: Spiff

When the Minuteman Project was first publicized, I thought it was an excellent idea. It was an idea long in the making, something that needed to be done. I had high hopes and was very happy to see this type of thing proposed.

As the time drew near, for the MP to be implemented, I noticed an element (probably from the sidelines) that expressed the right to be armed and use lethal force. While I agreed with that idea in principle, I also recognized that it would only take one loose canon hothead to destroy any positive outcome the MP could hope to realize. It was at that point that I reluctantly backed off open support.

While I did back off open support, it was my hope that the MP effort would be launched, carried out successfully and obtain good success. My hopes have been realized. My fears were not. I am very glad to see this outcome.

I can't express my appreciate enough, to those who thought up this effort, participated and drove it through to success and have now inspired other efforts to come.

Wow! Screening those who were to participate, directing their actions and making this an overall sucess was a masterful job.


40 posted on 04/30/2005 11:14:03 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: Travis McGee
These photos should be composed thusly:


41 posted on 04/30/2005 12:02:28 PM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: HiJinx

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


42 posted on 04/30/2005 12:04:45 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Spiff

Congratulations.

On this article. This is dog bites man. Kay Bailey Hitchison praising the Minutemen. I thought it was going to be Man bites Dog: ASA Hutchison praising the Minutemen.

One of the most delicious parts of this whole endevour is that the sobriquet "Minutemen" has stuck, successfully linking the border volunteers with our heros of the Revolutionary War.


43 posted on 04/30/2005 12:07:47 PM PDT by johnb838 (Free Republicans... To Arms!)
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To: BaylorDad

Most of "our" senators are cowards, that's for sure.
But we need to praise them when they do, or say, the right thing.


44 posted on 04/30/2005 4:33:05 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: burzum

It is important for there not to be serious incidents, because the MSM will always spin them against us.

These guys have been more successful politically than I would have thought. My hat goes off to them, big time.


45 posted on 04/30/2005 4:34:16 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: Spiff

Thanks to all of you, Spiff. You're all American heroes!


46 posted on 04/30/2005 8:08:44 PM PDT by janetgreen (Minutman Project - American patriotism!)
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To: Spiff

My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you Minute Men an Women. You have accomplished in one month, what a large many of us have tried to do thro letters, faxes, an phone calls.

www.numsersusa.com has a petition up to sign against illegals. Please go an sign it.

A while ago it had over 300,000 signatures. On the 28th it had a little over 200,000. The petition will be given to the President an to the members of congress.


47 posted on 04/30/2005 10:31:27 PM PDT by calawah98
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