Volunteers set to monitor Arizona border crossings
“They are willing to violently challenge law enforcement personnel, so I assure you they’ll take on anybody. The potential for violence is very real, and I issued all the cautions I possibly could,” he said.
A key focus of the project will be a 20-mile stretch of border lowlands in the San Pedro River Valley, 90 miles southeast of Tucson. It has become a high-traffic corridor for illegals headed north because it has water, fairly level ground, places to camp and wood to burn.
About 10,000 illegal aliens cross the U.S.-Mexico border every day, more than 3 million a year, mostly in Arizona. Only about a third of them are caught.
Mr. Gilchrist said all Minuteman Project volunteers underwent a screening process before they were accepted to weed out those “with bad intentions.” He said it would be “a true disaster and an embarrassment for this mission to fail because we didn’t attract the right people.”
“We don’t want the guys in white sheets and hoods, the militants or the supremacists. Many of the applicants were told thanks, but no thanks,” he said. “In the end, I believe we will bring serious media and political attention to the shameful fact that 21st century minutemen/women have to help secure U.S. borders because the government refuses to provide the manpower and funding required to do so.”