Jun 20, 2006 — The controversial civilian border watch group known as the Minutemen has started a new Watertown chapter. They have a handful of members so far, but ambitious plans... next month they hope to start patrolling for illegal immigrants along the St Lawrence River, in what would be the first-ever Minuteman boat. Problem is, they don't have a boat yet. Gregory Warner spoke with chapter founder Bart Bonner about what they'll do if they get one. Go to full article
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. Go to full article
Oct 17, 2005 — Civilian border watchers and their critics gathered on the Vermont border with Canada over the weekend. Between 6 and 10 volunteers for the Minuteman Project monitored the border in the Newport, Jay, and Troy areas. The group says it wants to draw attention to gaps in border security. Protestors had hoped to attract 100 people to the Derby Line green. Organizer Leah Siegel of Burlington told the Associated Press the demonstration was to oppose what she called the Minutemens' "rascist agenda". The Minutemen say they're coming to Massena this coming weekend. As David Sommerstein reports, the border patrol is downplaying their arrival. Go to full article
Sep 15, 2005 — Civilian border patrols have generated fierce debate in the Southwest. Now they're planning to come north. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps had a recruitment meeting in Long Island last weekend. They're making a massive push to find volunteers to patrol sections of the border with Canada and Mexico throughout the month of October. They say they have volunteers in Canada as well. But as Gregory Warner reports, local law enforcement are uneasy. Go to full article