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Are the Minutemen really vigilantes?

I don't think so. President Bush should apologize for calling them vigilantes. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is a group headed by Chris Simcox dedicated to preventing illegal crossings of the U.S. border. Believing that the government is not sufficiently concerned with securing the U.S. border, they have elected to take the job upon themselves. Several state chapters have been organized, with the intention to provide law enforcement agencies with evidence of immigration law violations Simcox assures that the group will only be reporting incidents to law enforcement, not directly confronting immigrants. The volunteers view themselves as calling attention to illegal immigration in the U.S. There is a standard operating procedure (SOP) that must be followed by Minutemen volunteers. Rules include not speaking to, approaching, gesturing towards or having physical contact in any way with any suspected border crossers they may see.

Asked By: Stupid Marxist - 2/14/2007
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In Arizona, where the Minute Men were founded, it is legal to carry a weapon, as long as it is not concealed. Its not unusual to see people with a weapon on their person. Our deserts are a vast, desolate and sometimes hostile place. That being said, I personally know that the MM are not now, nor have they ever been... More
Answered By: katsulover - 2/14/2007
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So long as they dont have weapons i dont think they are vigilantes. They are still putting themselves in possibly a very dangerous situation. When non elected groups of people decide that they should be enforcing the law it will become a problem.
Answered By: Jacob T - 2/14/2007
 
Yes, now that they have been infiltrated by people who belong to racist hate groups. Some do have weapons.They are a pain in the you know what for the Border Patrol.
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Answered By: vegaswoman - 2/14/2007
 
We need more groups like the min men, of course george is scared of these groups. he made laws just to contain the american public. and his worse fear is people waking up to reality one day and getting p****d off enough to do something about it. (which should be now by the way) he is scared of these groups because... More
Answered By: peaceandfearlesslove - 2/14/2007
 
No, they are heros'. The fiasco of criminally prosecuting the Border Control guards and sentencing them to prison and not prosecuting the illegals bringing in tons of drugs into the U.S. and then allowing them to commit this crime again followed by them sueing the U.S. government is disquesting... More
Answered By: Heidi 4 - 2/14/2007
 
no they are good Americans
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Answered By: hayleylov - 2/14/2007
 
They are Patriots defending our borders at their own expense, time an risk.
Answered By: tom r - 2/14/2007
 
We'll add it to the list of things Bush should apologize for.
Answered By: map - 2/14/2007
 
Well, yeah, that is what the word means... More
Answered By: DAR - 2/14/2007
 
I guess so. I think they are 100% correct in their cause. I mean it all really falls back onto the government to do it, and this group is trying to push the government to do something about it. They took the inititative to do something that no one else wanted to do.
Answered By: ICE AGENT - 2/14/2007
 
NO
Answered By: Dreaming Free - 2/14/2007
 
The Minutemen are within their rights to patrol the border and "pack heat."
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Answered By: Hammer - 2/14/2007
 
You can be assured that the minutemen are not vigilantes nor are they a racist hate group. Some ppl are really upset now because of everything happening illegally down along the border is being brought to light by this group. God bless em. Wait till the country really begins to see the full problem with illegal in... More
Answered By: LL - 2/14/2007
 
They are doing a job the goverment will not. They are hereos and i'm sure they understand the risk of being out there. And yes they do and should carry firearms its one of the rights we have of our great nation.
Answered By: Ryan T - 2/14/2007
 
Why they dont look for crimes in their own neighborhood, I mean im preatty sure their own nighborhoods a full of crime. They shouldn't waste their time. THats why we have U.S border patrol, let them do their job.
Answered By: Sabrosura - 2/14/2007
 
The Minutemen is safer than the border patrol who recently are getting arrested left and right. They do need someone to fill the gap.
Answered By: Give Me Some Truth - 2/14/2007
 
Yes. And they are traitors to go against the laws of this land. The law of the jungle is for monkies. To say that vigilantism is maybe not a bad thing because it's always been around is as asinine as saying that pedophilia or cannibalism or human sacrifice or slavery maybe aren't bad things because those savageries... More
Answered By: patois - 2/14/2007
 
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