North America Superhighway Protest
By: Tim Bueler
Outrage Over Border Security Threat from Mexico to Canada
The Iowa Chapter of the Minuteman will protest January 19, 2007 outside the Embassy Suites Hotel in Des Moines, located at 101 Locust Street, in opposition to the Moving America Forward Conference, which seeks to promote the building of a highway stretching from Mexico to Canada with only one border checkpoint proposed for Kansas City, Mo. The Minutemen seek to ensure the United States does not construct a highway that will serve as a pipeline for increasing the illegal drug trade and the illegal immigration crisis plaguing our nation.
â€œThis highway will serve as a super bridge to illegal immigration,â€ states Craig Halverson, Iowa State Director for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a Griswold resident. â€œWe need to increase security on the borders and keep Middle America from being exposed and vulnerable to these lawbreakers.â€
The Iowa Minutemen, like their counterparts around the country, will continue to place pressure on Congress and the President to increase border security first rather than support amnesty legislation like that proposed in the â€œComprehensive Immigration Reform Act Of 2007â€ (S.9). Members of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps have already been volunteering their time and money towards the building of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border since Congress has refused to appropriate funds towards the construction of the border fence it â€œauthorizedâ€ last session.
The Iowa Minuteman realize that the proposed road, which is masked as a means for increasing economic development for the transportation industry, is a direct threat to our national security and sovereignty.
The Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) is a peaceful, law-abiding and citizen-led initiative organized to stand watch at our borders and in our neighborhoods, report illegal activities to the proper authorities, and build border fencing on private lands using private donations. Additionally, MCDC seeks to urge local and federal officials to enforce our immigration laws in order to keep our families and country safe. MCDC conducts border watch operations that assist the activities of the U.S. Border Patrol, reports employers of illegal aliens, and advocates to keeps tax dollars from being used for illegal alien benefits.