Officially, Border Patrol keeps distance from Minutemen By Louie Gilot El Paso Times When it comes to the Minutemen, Border Patrol officials are careful not toMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2005View Source
Officially, Border Patrol keeps distance from Minutemen
By Louie Gilot
El Paso Times
When it comes to the Minutemen, Border Patrol officials are careful not to encourage the civilian patrollers, saying the job is better left to trained professionals.
But Border Patrol agents on the ground are much friendlier, Minutemen volunteers said.
"The rank and file have been supportive. They talk to us. They say, "Thank you for being here,'" said Frank George, the spokesman for the Texas Minutemen, a group operating from Fabens to Fort Hancock this month.
"We are not aware of relationships (between agents and patrollers) struck in this sector," Doug Mosier, the Border Patrol spokesman in El Paso said. "We do not have an adversarial relationship with the Minutemen, but we are obligated to monitor their activities and ensure that our operations are not interrupted and civil rights are not violated in any way."
The Texas Minutemen want to add air patrols.
Shannon McGauley, the group's coordinator, said he expected one of their members, a retired law enforcement officer and a small plane pilot, to arrive from Dallas Wednesday night.
The man had been helping with hurricane rescue efforts. A second plane might join the operation by next week, McGauley said.
The plane, like the foot patrols, would serve to spot undocumented migrants crossing the border and report them to the Border Patrol.
Read the full story in tomorrow's El Paso Times.
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