- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas.

The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015, Raw Story reported.

“If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Mr. Gilchrist said, Raw Story reported. “However, there is one difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an invasion.”

Mr. Gilchrist insisted that the campaign should remain peaceful.

His No. 1 rule for participants, as posted on his Minuteman Project website: “Whatever you do, stay within the rule of law.”

He echoed that sentiment in an interview with KPHO-TV earlier this month, saying his main rule was: “You do not put a hand on anyone. You do not talk to anyone. You do not confront anyone. You report to Border Patrol.”

Mr. Gilchrist also said the new recruits aren’t Minutemen members but “individual citizens” who are volunteers.