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Civilian watch groups plan separate border deployments

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007 12:48 am | Updated: 6:05 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a spinoff group of disaffected Minuteman members plan separate month-long deployments along the border, beginning Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Minuteman group said it will have members on patrol along the Mexican border in Arizona, California and Texas, and also plans to post members along the Canadian border in Washington state.

In Arizona, the group will conduct a border watch at the King Anvil Ranch near Three Points, 40 miles southwest of Tucson in the Altar Valley. Last week, it announced it would be conducting month-long operations in October, with a “Granny Brigade” event on Oct. 6.

Meanwhile, the Patriots’ Border Alliance, created after disagreements this spring led to the expulsion of several original Minuteman Civil Defense Corps members and officers, is to stage its inaugural 30-day border watch operation starting Saturday in the Palominas area, south of Sierra Vista and west of Naco.

It held a three-day operation in August, also near the border south of Palominas.

That location is where the initial Minuteman Project border watches were staged.

The PBA’s “Operation: Allied Minutemen,” announced on its Web site, said, “We present a forum in which all Minutemen are welcome to operate as one voice, within one movement, with one goal.”

Both groups will post volunteers to watch for and report suspected illegal immigrants or other illegal activity to the Border Patrol.

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