May 1, 2012
What happened to Minuteman Project?
It's still roiling immigration reform
The Minuteman Project, which had civilians guard the border, has all but disappeared. But it stoked a movement that continues to influence the immigration reform debate.
Christian Science Monitor -- April 30, 2014
In just a few years, perhaps the most visible civilian attempt to stop illegal immigration has all but disappeared amid the changing dynamics of the debate.
A little less than a decade ago, the Minuteman Project and the copycats it spawned arrived at the Arizona border with binoculars and American flags, vowing to defend the country from what they described as an invasion. At their height, the Minutemen were the face of a conservative insurgency that would later lend its energy to the emergence of the tea party.
To like-minded Americans, they were patriots. To critics, they were dangerous vigilantes.
Today, however, they have largely vanished. The recession took its toll, it seems, making an expensive enterprise impractical for workaday crusaders. So did infighting within the groups, as well as shifts in immigration patterns.
Christian Science Monitor
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol
American Border Patrol began its border work long before the Minutemen appeared, and it is still at it. When I briefed CBP Asst. Commissioner Mark Borkowski last summer, he said: "Anyone who knows anything about the border knows who Glenn Spencer is". All of the media, including the Christian Science Monitor, know about me and American Border Patrol, but they avoid us like the plague. See this.
In a recent story about mapping the border fence (something ABP has been doing for years) even Breitbart refused to mention me or ABP, even though their reporter, Sylvia Longmire, told them about us.
Ask yourself this: Why?.......