On the opinion page, we attempted to span the political spectrum, inviting columnists ranging from spokespeople for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
to Mexican Americans Joined in Community Affairs.
When he first contacted the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
(MCDC)--the most prominent of the two major Minutemen organizations and the sponsors of the fence project--in early May 2006, he was enthusiastic about his vision: "miles and miles of steel!" Campbell offered to donate $100,000 immediately so the Minutemen could buy steel posts--the first step in building an "Israeli style" security fence--and install them in time for the groundbreaking ceremony.
--Al Garza of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
, criticizing a Vatican donation to an immigrant relief center in far southern Mexico, thousands of miles from the U.S.
Chris Simcox, founder and president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
, applauds the video surveillance effort, which he proposed to Governor Perry a year ago, but says it cannot substitute for putting more enforcement personnel on the border.
(51) Today, the Minuteman Project has split into two loosely related wings: Chris Simcox leads the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, which focuses on continuing to place volunteers along the border, while James Gilchrist has focused on using the Minuteman Project to expose employers who hire unauthorized immigrants.
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has expanded the project to the other U.S.--Mexico border states--Texas, New Mexico, and California--as well as certain states bordering Canada.
In February, I covered a gathering of the controversial Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
in Kansas City.
Perhaps the laziest reporting I've seen came during the April 2005 inaugural gathering of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
in Tombstone, Arizona.