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Hundreds protest Minutemen in Las Cruces

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5162376,00.html Hundreds Protest N.M. Border Patrol Group Sunday July 24, 2005 1:31 AM By ALICIA A.
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      http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5162376,00.html

      Hundreds Protest N.M. Border Patrol Group

      Sunday July 24, 2005 1:31 AM

      By ALICIA A. CALDWELL

      Associated Press Writer

      LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Hundreds of demonstrators
      marched through the streets Saturday to protest a
      controversial civilian border patrol group, calling
      the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps racist and
      un-American.

      The League of United Latin American Citizens, one of
      the oldest Latino civil rights organizations in the
      country, organized the march and rally to show that
      Minuteman volunteers were not wanted in the area.

      ``It's a racist organization, there is no question,''
      said the league's national treasurer, Jaime Martinez.
      ``They say they will monitor the border, but now they
      are coming into our cities. Something has to be
      done.''

      Minuteman volunteers, who plan to patrol parts of the
      border in New Mexico and Texas starting in October,
      have repeatedly denied claims of racism. The group
      gained international attention earlier this year when
      a contingent patrolled a section of the Mexican border
      in southern Arizona.

      William N. Norris, a coordinator for the group's New
      Mexico chapter who attended Saturday's rally, said the
      group's goal is not to stop immigration, but to ensure
      that immigrants ``fill out the paperwork and sign the
      guest book at the gate.''

      Mary Jane Garcia, the majority whip of the New Mexico
      State Senate, called on the federal government to take
      action against the Minuteman volunteers and work on
      real reform of immigration laws.

      Forcing Hispanic immigrants out of the country is not
      the answer, she said.

      ``What would happen if all the Mexicans were to leave
      this country tomorrow? They need us,'' she said.

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      On the Net:

      League of United Latin American Citizens
      http://www.lulac.org

      Minuteman Project/Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
      http://www.minutemanhq.com
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