A group that supports the United States and Iowa defending their borders is organizing a new chapter in the Hawkeye State. Dennis Murphy, of Omaha/Council Bluffs, is a spokesman for the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. He says the federal government’s failure to act on illegal immigration has spurred the call for more Minutemen chapters.
Murphy says “National polls indicate very clearly that people are very upset with the situation and would like to enforce our laws but many people are literally throwing up their hands and saying ‘What are we going to do?’ What we are trying to do is to show people there are ways to go about it legally, through legislation.” Murphy says the marches supporting illegal immigration last spring, including several in Iowa, were a wake-up call to many Americans to do something on the local level.
Murphy says it’s not the job of the Minutemen to enforce the laws, but rather give local police that power. Murphy says “Law enforcement right now has its hands tied with respect to illegal immigration and we are looking to enact certain legislation here that will empower the various county sheriff’s offices as well as the state patrol.” Murphy says we have big problems in this country and our federal government’s “do-nothing attitude” toward illegal immigration is at the heart of it.
Murphy answers those who are critical of the Minutemen. Murphy says “The Minutemen are not racist. It’s not a race issue. It literally so happens that the one group that is the largest violator simply by virtue of the fact that they are our southern neighbor is indeed Mexico.” He says anyone who cares about this country can join. He says what they are concerned about is how illegal immigration is costing our country millions, and the federal government continues to look the other way.