The Minuteman Border Patrol is a group of concerned volunteer citizens that help federal Border Agents with defending the borders of the United States, enforcing America's sovereignty, and upholding existing U.S. immigration laws. These groups target states that border Mexico to prevent unauthorized entry of illegal immigrants, including Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. They advocate a secure border, which includes the construction of a border fence system and a virtual fence system.
President Carmen Mercer of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has disbanded the organization. He said, "The mental attitude of many Americans is turning meaner... and we are concerned that this could cause problems":
|“||"Rising aggression" in the country [U.S./Mexico] and decisions by lawmakers in Washington who have "pushed amnesty down our throats.||”|
Jim Gilchrist's Minuteman Project organization is still in operation with chapters in over 15 states.