The Minuteman Project is calling for at least 3,500 volunteers to go to the Texas border to “stop an invasion” of illegal immigrants. Group founder Jim Gilchrist said the launch of Operation Normandy on the U.S.-Mexican border will hopefully be fully engaged by next summer.
Approximately 50,000 illegal immigrant children and adults have surrendered themselves to U.S. Border Patrol agents already this year. The crisis on the Texas border has been labeled many things by various groups and media outlets. Some refer to the thousands of individuals who crossed into South Texas illegally as unaccompanied children, undocumented migrants, refugees, undocumented immigrants, illegal aliens, and refugee riders. Regardless of the label placed upon the thousands of people being held in Texas until transported to other towns in the United States, the open border is a major issue for both lawmakers and Americans.
In recent days, health and violent crime concerns have been raised. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a scabies outbreak halted flights of hundreds of illegal immigrants into the San Diego area. Reports that several cases of Swine Flu, Tuberculosis, and a scabies outbreak have also been announced. At least 16 teen males have reportedly identified themselves as members of the deadly MS-13 gang. Border Patrol agents have said they are powerless to deal with members of the violent international gang effectively or separate them to stop the recruitment of younger teens because the gang bangers are (or claim to) still minors themselves.
A Mexican train derailment also sparked concern from those on both sides of the illegal immigration issue earlier this week. The “train of death” or “The Beast” derailed while carrying more than 1,000 people seeking to cross the Texas border on top of the rail cars.
Rising tensions over the need to secure the border and to deal humanely with the tired, hungry, and sick children before deporting them back to their Central American and Mexico homes are noted among the reasons Gilchrist started Operation Normandy via the Minuteman Project. The group leader wants the non-militia border volunteers to engage as citizen watchers and aid law enforcement officers along the U.S. border.
In an email response to WND, Jim Gilchrist said:
“If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be. However, there will be one minor difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an invasion.
This offensive is an invasion, not led by troops, but by divisions of mothers, children and young adults marching north from Central America and Mexico. It is an offensive that shows no signs of slowing down but instead is spreading to other nations, putting America in even greater peril. Patriots around our nation are sounding the alarm as the Middle East and parts of Africa also pour their legions into Mexico that so they, too, can march north into the United States.”
Gilchrist expects it will take about 10 months to organize, recruit, and fully launch Operation Normandy. The Minuteman Project goal is to cover the 2,000-mile stretch from San Diego to Brownsville, Texas. If all goes as planned, the volunteers will arrive on May 1 and leave at the end of the month.
The Minuteman Project insists that all those participating in the border event adhere to all laws and regulations about bearing weapons and the border and general rule of law. Group civilian volunteers are trained to observe illegal border crossing and to report the incident to the Border Patrol and local law enforcement officers, they do not engage in apprehension efforts.
Jim Gilchrist is a Marine Corps veteran and earned Purple Hearts for wounds he sustained in Vietnam. He currently lives in California and is a retired CPA.
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