05/11/2006

Minuteman Project on Fear-Mongering Campaign

Anti-immigration extremists are winding their way toward Washington as part of the Minuteman Project caravan.

Though Minuteman leaders reject charges of racism and xenophobia, they speak of an "invasion" and of being "under siege" by immigrants. Project co-founders Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox use the language of bigotry and fear to further their agenda, and allow racist material to be handed out alongside their own pamphlets and fliers.

At a sparsely attended caravan stop in Birmingham on Tuesday, Gilchrist conducted interviews with the media, and then addressed the crowd claiming,"70 percent of the members of the print media and television media ... would not swear an allegiance to the United States of America even if the lives of their families depended on it."