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====== FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ======

America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301
http://www.AmericaFirstParty.org

Friday, April 1, 2005

Bush Betrays Border Security, People Must Stand Guard

Boulder, CO -- Regarding immigration issues and border security, America First Party National Chairman Dan Charles issued the following statement:

"The situation on our southern border is out of control. Our immigration laws are not being enforced. This is a threat to the national security, economic security, and personal security of our nation and its people. Time and time again, President Bush has shown his contempt for these concerns. The America First Party supports citizens who will help protect our borders, and condemns President Bush for siding with law breakers yet again.

"There are already more than 15,000,000 people living in this country illegally. Illegal immigration has increased to more than 3,000,000 a year since the President proposed rewarding those who break the law every minute of every day they are in this country.

"Our out-of-control southern border threatens our economic security by driving down wages and straining social services at all levels, punishing families, taxpayers, and legal immigrants for the 'crime' of being law-abiding. It threatens our national security by providing a way for foreign terrorists to stealthily enter our country. The personal security of the American people is endangered by those who have demonstrated disrespect for our laws and our people by breaking into our country, and who have bypassed the normal screening a legal immigrant encounters. Is it any wonder that as illegal immigration has exploded, so too have cases of tuberculosis and other diseases common in the less developed nations?

"According to Border Patrol agents, immigration experts, and anyone with common sense, more manpower is needed to patrol our border with Mexico. The intelligence reform bill the President signed last year requires the hiring of 10,000 new Border Patrol agents over the next five years, an average of 2,000 per year. Yet the President's proposed budget provides funding for only 10% of what is needed to meet that goal, and the Mexican government distributes a comic book to teach people how to break into the United States.

"Sadly, the President puts other considerations ahead of protecting the American people from invasion. In the '70s and '80s with crime rates skyrocketing, citizens were encouraged to establish 'Neighborhood Watch' programs. Average Americans helped police fight crime by being on the lookout and reporting suspicious activity. In the war on terrorism, government officials constantly urge us to be aware and alert.

"In response, patriots have come together to form the Minuteman Project, a sort of Neighborhood Watch for our southern border. During the month of April, participants will peacefully observe the border in Arizona, and report suspicious activity to the US Border Patrol. America First Party members will be participating, led by Robert Casimiro and Jeffery Buck, the Party's first elected official.

"Rather than praise these civic minded citizens, President Bush has resorted to childish name-calling, falsely labeling them 'vigilantes'. Rather than increase funding to hire more Border Patrol agents, he has cynically diverted already strained resources, opening new avenues of attack for illegal immigrants. President Bush should be ashamed of himself. Anyone who voted for him and cares about our nation's security should be as well."

A link to the Minuteman Project website is available on the America First Party homepage.

Contacts:
Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2

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