National Press Club

Minuteman Project

April 26, 2005

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Run time: 63 minutes

Jim Gilchrist and Chris Simcox, and other organizers of the Minuteman Project in which volunteers help patrol the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona, talked about their roles in the project and measures to stop illegal immigrants. They also responded to questions from the audience. Jim Gilchrest was a former U.S. Marine and retired certified public accountant who started the Minuteman Project. Chris Simcox owned a local newspaper in Arizona and started the volunteer group Civil Homeland Defense among residents along the Arizona-Mexican border. Chuck Floyd was a retired U.S. Army officer, former Bush presidential appointee at the State Department and former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, and talked about proposed solutions to what he saw as "the illegal immigration crisis."