Skip to comments.Hutchison praises civilians patrolling border [Minuteman Project]
Posted on 04/29/2005 10:00:40 PM PDT by Spiff
Posted on Fri, Apr. 29, 2005
Hutchison praises civilians patrolling border
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.
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!
Does this mean the patrols will end?
IIRC they are continuing under another name. I think there are also plans to expand it to texas and new mexico.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Not one immigration question was posed to POTUS last night by the elite DC press corps. Not one.
The elite DC MSM could care less about the immivasion.
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." :)
THAT was painfully apparent. Damn them, because with a little help, the issue would spread like wildfire and become impossible to ignore.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Show me the Arabs and don't bring up the Maxwell Smart shoe bomber in Seatle that one was just too pathetic.
Build walls. Great walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That's exactly what I thought! Asa correcting himself as regards "the will of the people."
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!!!!!!
The "four of us" are on the same page. Guess we married smart men...lol.
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.
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
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.
Most of "our" senators are cowards, that's for sure.
But we need to praise them when they do, or say, the right thing.
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.
Thanks to all of you, Spiff. You're all American heroes!
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.