Minutemen, Oath Keepers, CA State Militia, on the California Border
Gathering aims to relaunch Minutemen, fortify border, in response to caravan.
Operation Cinco de Mayo: In this video from the San Diego Union Tribune the founder of the Minutemen, former California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly explains why he called for the muster on the border of California and Mexico. The groups that responded to the call were Minutemen, Oath Keepers, and the California State Militia. Tim Donnelly is currently running for Congress.
At the end of the San Diego Union-Tribune excerpt are photos by Lisa Collins. Wonder what the border actually looks like? See the photos below. There are plans to continue these operations on our southern border.
From the article by by Bradley J. Fikes for the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Pledging to report unauthorized entries into the United States — and shame any state leaders who welcome them — about 20 border security supporters assembled Saturday morning near Jamul.
The group, including members of the Minuteman patrol movement, coordinated volunteers to watch designated border regions for 24 hours.
Their vigil, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, was meant to help federal officers, Minuteman leader Tim Donnelly said.
By reporting unauthorized border crossings, the observers hope to help outnumbered border officers, Donnelly said. He is a Republican candidate for the 8th congressional district, which covers much of the desert area north of Imperial County.
It was also meant as a warning to Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the California Values Act, which limits law enforcement in the state from certain kinds of cooperation with federal immigration officials. The law has been criticized as an effort to make California a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants.
“My hope is that we will reignite the (Minuteman) movement and that people will again be aiding (border agents) for longer periods of time, longer musters,” Donnelly said.
The camouflage-dressed volunteers, wearing boots, bringing backpacks and other wilderness gear, were instructed on safety such as avoiding rattlesnakes before heading out from Pio Pico campground.
Volunteers were told to avoid confrontations with border crossers if possible, and to help those in distress.
“There is no animus toward those who are crossing desperate, you know, to escape oppression,” Donnelly said. “But at the same time, among those people come through wolves, people who mean harm people like Luis Bracamontes, who was just recently sentenced to death here in California for executing two sheriff’s deputies up in Sacramento.”
While expressing sympathy for plight of border crossers, Donnelly and others blasted Brown, who they said has violated his oath of office.
“This is not about waving American flags,” Donnelly said. “This is about actually securing the border and sending a message to the political authorities, to Jerry Brown.
“I dare Jerry Brown to come down and arrest me, because you might get arrested down here for being a tyrant, for being a traitor, for aiding and abetting illegal aliens and harboring them in violation of federal law, which is the supreme law of the land when it comes to immigration.”
Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune
Photos by Lisa Collins, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. of CA, who handled the logistics for Tim Donnelly:
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