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1 The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps

2 Klan Border Watch October 1977 San Ysidrio, CA port of entry Sought to revive past influence of Klan in immigration policy KKK supported the the 1924 National Origins Act, which explicitly racialized US immigration policy until 1965 David Duke Founder of Louisiana KKK Inspiration?

3 Chris Simcox President and Founder of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps Arrested January 2003, in Arizona federal park for carrying a.45 caliber handgun while looking for immigrants SPLCenter.org, “Minutemen Leader has Troubled Past”

4 Minutemen Civil Defense Corps  Over 65 Chapters in over 30 States  Claims membership of 9,000 card carrying members  Has carried out at least six nationally organized border patrols or “operations”  Has four chapters in Kansas: Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City  Over 65 Chapters in over 30 States  Claims membership of 9,000 card carrying members  Has carried out at least six nationally organized border patrols or “operations”  Has four chapters in Kansas: Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City

5 California Minutemen (MCDC) California has the largest concentration

6 Border vigilante / Minutemen timeline Early 1990s Voices of Citizen’s Together (VCT)– Anti Immigration Group in California  Calls for illegal immigrants and American-born children to be rounded up and deported 2000 VCT Founder Glenn Spencer forms American Border Patrol in Arizona 2002 Chris Simcox forms the Tombstone Militia January 2003 Chris Simcox arrested for carrying loaded pistol on federal lands while searching for immigrants October 2004 Minuteman program launched Early 1990s Voices of Citizen’s Together (VCT)– Anti Immigration Group in California  Calls for illegal immigrants and American-born children to be rounded up and deported 2000 VCT Founder Glenn Spencer forms American Border Patrol in Arizona 2002 Chris Simcox forms the Tombstone Militia January 2003 Chris Simcox arrested for carrying loaded pistol on federal lands while searching for immigrants October 2004 Minuteman program launched

7 April 2005 Deployment of volunteers along 24 mile strip of Mexico- Arizona border April 2006 Month long border patrol Summer 2006 Minutemen split into Minutemen Project and Minutemen Civil Defense Corps September 27, 2007 Operation Secure America Patrol February 2008 Minutemen Civil Defense Corps National Conference in Kansas City Minutemen Timeline Continued

8 The Minutemen and White Supremacists Minutemen Rally in California

9 Racist and Neo-Nazi Ties The Minutemen have been documented to include members from: The Minutemen have been documented to include members from: SPLCenter.org “Nazis, Racists Join Minutemen,” Spring 2005; “Hate Groups Target Undocumented Workers?” Stormfront National Alliance Aryan Nation

10 Racist and Neo-Nazi Ties  Two Minutemen members who describe themselves as neo- Nazis hold up a sign similar to one of the National Alliance  At least 6 National Alliance members had joined the Minutemen by 2005 SPLCenter.org “Nazis, Racists Join Minutemen,” Spring 2005; “Texas Hold ‘Em,” Winter 2006

11 California Minutemen Rally

12 Minutemen Rally in Phoenix, AZ Christian Science Monitor, “Minutemen’s Message on Immigration: On a Roll?,” May, 2006 The Minutemen and Anti-Immigrant Violence

13 Minutemen Volunteers: In Their Own Words It should be legal to kill illegals. Just shoot 'em on sight. That's my immigration policy recommendation. You break into my country, you die.” Carl, 69-year old retired Special Forces veteran. It should be legal to kill illegals. Just shoot 'em on sight. That's my immigration policy recommendation. You break into my country, you die.” Carl, 69-year old retired Special Forces veteran. SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005

14 Minutemen Volunteers: In Their Own Words “…this may sound a little weird, but I just have more respect for the lives of stray cats and dogs than I do illegal aliens.” -Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol “…this may sound a little weird, but I just have more respect for the lives of stray cats and dogs than I do illegal aliens.” -Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005

15 "You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line." Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol, and member of white supremacist group “National Alliance.” "You get up there with a rifle and start shooting four or five of them a week, the other four or five thousand behind them are going to think twice about crossing that line." Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol, and member of white supremacist group “National Alliance.” In their own words, cont. SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005

16 In their own words, cont. "The thing to do would be to drop the bodies just a few hundred feet into the U.S. and just leave them there, with lights on them at night," he said. "That sends the message 'No Trespassing,' in any language." -Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol. "The thing to do would be to drop the bodies just a few hundred feet into the U.S. and just leave them there, with lights on them at night," he said. "That sends the message 'No Trespassing,' in any language." -Volunteer at Minutemen Project’s month long Arizona Patrol. SPLC.org, “Arizona Showdown,” Summer 2005

17 The Minutemen: Umbrella of Legitimacy? "We are a peaceful demonstration. We're doing this peacefully, the way our founding fathers wanted us to. We don't need baseball bats and tire irons and guns... We can do this peacefully, same way Martin Luther King sought justice for American blacks. We're followers of Gandhi and Martin Luther King..." –Jim Gilchrest, Arizona border Patrol 2005 "We are a peaceful demonstration. We're doing this peacefully, the way our founding fathers wanted us to. We don't need baseball bats and tire irons and guns... We can do this peacefully, same way Martin Luther King sought justice for American blacks. We're followers of Gandhi and Martin Luther King..." –Jim Gilchrest, Arizona border Patrol 2005 "I hope he [Gilchrist] doesn't believe that crap. I realize he's gotta be all PC for the media, but come on — Gandhi didn't wear a gun. We're in a race war, not a peace march.” - National Alliance member and Minutemen volunteer at Arizona Border Control 2005

18 Minutemen Spin-offs  State Chapters in Texas and California  June Two Mexicans wounded in separate shootings along 14-mile stretch of border being patrolled by California Minutemen  State Chapters in Texas and California  June Two Mexicans wounded in separate shootings along 14-mile stretch of border being patrolled by California Minutemen SPLCenter.org, “Playing Rough, Fall 2005

19 National Support for Minutemen David Duke, founder Louisiana KKK, former candidate for President Ron Paul, presidential Candidate, Republican Party Voted YES to H.R. 5441, preventing the US government from informing the Mexican government on where the Minutemen patrols are located.

20 Minutemen in Kansas  The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps has four chapters in Kansas  Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City  Membership estimated at several dozen  Most chapters have monthly meetings  Most focus on employers of undocumented workers  The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps has four chapters in Kansas  Wichita, Topeka, Emporia, Kansas City  Membership estimated at several dozen  Most chapters have monthly meetings  Most focus on employers of undocumented workers Heart of America MCDC,

21 Ed Hayes Director of Kansas branch of Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) & Commander of KC Branch

22 Frances Semler Kansas City Parks and Recreation Commissioner and MCDC member

23 Kansas City Conference  Regional Leadership Conference  February  Uptown Theater, Kansas City  Hosted and Organized by Ed Hayes  MCDC Leaders from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado,Oklahoma, and Texas  Regional Leadership Conference  February  Uptown Theater, Kansas City  Hosted and Organized by Ed Hayes  MCDC Leaders from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado,Oklahoma, and Texas

24 LET’S STRATEGIZE!!!

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