Nov 07, 2005 — Civilian border watchers first caused controversy in April observing the Arizona border. Last month The Minutemen Civil Defense Corp expanded their watch to include more of the southern border, and parts of the Canadian border with New York and Vermont.
Critics say members of the minutemen have ties to hate groups. But Republicans in the House have proposed a bill that would set up an official "border corps" for civilian volunteers. Gregory Warner joined a dozen minutemen when they camped out in Fort Covington two weekends ago.