The Minuteman Project, the “citizens’ Neighborhood Watch on our border,” began recruiting volunteers on Monday morning for “Operation Normandy,” a new citizen effort to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.
Jim Gilchrist, co-founder and president of the Minuteman Project, posted a message on the group’s website outlining the operation, saying he expects “at least 3,500 non-militia volunteers to participate, plus uncounted groups of militias from all over the country.” The message reads:
If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be. However, there is one difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an invasion.
Our federal, state, and community governments have failed to address and fix this calamity. In the spirit of our nation’s Founding Fathers, it is once again time to bring unprecedented national awareness to the decades-long illegal alien crisis jeopardizing the United States.
(Original emphasis) Participation is open to everyone and there is only one rule: whatever you do, stay within the rule of law.
Gilchrist wrote in his message that the operation will require 10 months to organize, and he set a date of May 1, 2015, for the operation’s start date.
“This is not ‘let’s all drive down to the border for a couple hours,'” Gilchrist told Breitbart News in a phone conversation on Friday. “This is serious stuff. This is going to make the original Minuteman Project operation [in 2005] look like child’s play.”
“We’re not against immigration,” he continued. “We’re against the violation of our laws. Every president since Eisenhower has dismantled our immigration laws to create this chaos. Out of respect for Eisenhower, I named this operation ‘Normandy.'”
When asked what the immigration crisis will look like in 10 months, Gilchrist said it would look much the same as it does now.
“There will be token appearance that everything is ‘under control,’ but we have heard that propaganda over and over again for two decades,” he said. “Unless [the administration] immediately doubles the budget of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), so that they will have the resources necessary to effectively enforce U.S. immigration laws, we’re unlikely to see a solution in 10 months.”