NEW YORK ? Patriots to some and hate group to others, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is launching a monthlong vigil along America's northern border this weekend, expanding its operations to demand heightened security at U.S. borders.
The Minutemen (search) gained national attention in April when they monitored a 23-mile stretch of the Arizona border. Armed with binoculars, cell phones and, in some cases, sidearms, the volunteers tipped off border patrol agents about illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. According to the group?s count, the watch resulted in more than 300 arrests of undocumented immigrants.
Now the organization hopes to raise awareness about what it says is the federal government?s failure to secure America's borders. With plans for an October vigil in the Southwest, the Minutemen have decided to bring their campaign to the northern border as well.
Although the number of arrests at the southwestern border dwarfs those to the north ? well over 1 million versus about 12,000 annually ? Minuteman members say that the Canadian border, which at 5,525 miles is almost three times the length of the Mexican border, is vulnerable to terrorists and criminals.
?Canada has extremely lax laws allowing people to come in and live there from Middle Eastern countries,? said Connie Hair, a spokeswoman for the group. ?If you?re from the Middle East, it only makes sense that you might be in a Middle Eastern terror
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Although the number of arrests at the southwestern border dwarfs those to the north ? well over 1 million versus about 12,000 annually
Since there were 1 million arrrested on the southwestern border and only 12,000 on the northern border, wouldn't the northern border number of arrests dwarf those to the south?
12,000 is less (dwarfs, smaller) than 1,000,000
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