Well, looks like the Minuteman Project is packing up the lawn chairs and calling it a day.
The 750 or so volunteers announced yesterday that they're going to remain at the Arizona border until the end of the month. But after that, the group is going to focus on businesses that employ illegal immigrants, fight for immigration reform, and organize Minuteman branches nationwide.
Project leader Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant from Aliso Viejo, Calif., said: "Because of the phenomenal success of this grass-roots project in such a short time, the Minuteman Project has declared an unconditional victory in its efforts," he said in an open letter to supporters Wednesday. "We have simultaneously brought national awareness to our national security crisis, of which porous borders and illegal alien and drug traffic are components. The Minuteman Project will take the next few months to reorganize, expand, and to become larger, better, stronger."
Ray Borane, the mayor of Douglas, Ariz., said: "It doesn't surprise me that they ended it. As soon as the media packed up and left, they left as well. All they accomplished was being a hindrance to the Border Patrol and creating international hard feelings. Their biggest accomplishment was getting the media's attention. It was, as the Mexicans say, all song and no opera."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
The Times - April 21, 2005
Border-Watch Group to Stop Patrols
By David Kelly, Times Staff Writer