Min­ute­man leader un­fazed by pro­test­ers at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity

The Washington Times Weekly - - National - By Key­onna Sum­mers

Chris Simcox, founder of the Min­ute­man Civil De­fense Corps, on Nov. 1 braved dozens of pro­test­ers at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity to crit­i­cize the U.S. gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to craft leg­is­la­tion to stem border cross­ings by il­le­gal aliens.

He also called for an in­crease on visa caps to de­ter the flow of il­le­gal aliens into the coun­try.

“I would much rather bring in more le­gal im­mi­grants — peo­ple who de­sire to be Amer­i­can cit­i­zens,” Mr. Simcox told about 200 stu­dents at Copley Hall.

Mr. Simcox, a for­mer kinder­garten teacher who co-founded the border-vigil move­ment, blamed drug smug­glers for fu­el­ing the coun­try’s il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion prob­lem. He said his group, which or­ga­nizes civil­ian border pa­trols, will con­tinue to pres­sure the U.S. gov­ern­ment to in­crease se­cu­rity.

“One thing that’s clear is we’re fed up with both par­ties,” Mr. Simcox said. “If they don’t get their act to­gether, they’re go­ing to be hit with the most vi­able, le­git­i­mate, third-party move­ment in this coun­try’s his­tory.”

Mr. Simcox in­vited Ge­orge­town stu­dents to take “field trips” to the U.S.-Mex­ico border to view the “hu­man mis­ery,” which he said in­cludes the bod­ies of those il­le­gally try­ing to cross the Ari­zona desert.

Pro­test­ers stormed the stage dur­ing a sim­i­lar speech last month at Columbia Univer­sity by Min­ute­man Project founder Jim Gilchrist.

The Nov. 1 rally, which was or- ga­nized by the stu­dent-run Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Lec­ture Fund (GULF), drew dozens of pro­test­ers who said the group pro­motes ha­tred and vi­o­lence against His­pan­ics. They re­mained out­side, but could be heard chant­ing dur­ing Mr. Simcox’s speech.

About 10 min­utes into the speech, a fire alarm was set off as a prank, univer­sity of­fi­cials said. Mr. Simcox was not flus­tered or pan­icked by the in­ter­rup­tion, and he con­tin­ued his speech sev­eral min­utes later.

Sev­eral stu­dents said Mr. Simcox made a ra­tio­nal ar­gu­ment, but fresh­man Jef­frey Bien said he “sug­ar­coated” many sides of the de­bate.

“He was very elo­quent, but he talked around many ques­tions,” added sopho­more Buky Bamigboye.

Maya Alleruzzo / The Wash­ing­ton Times

Min­ute­man Civil De­fense Corps leader Chris Simcox, flanked by se­cu­rity guards, waited pa­tiently for Ge­orge­town of­fi­cials to shut off a fire alarm that was set off as a prank dur­ing his speech at the univer­sity.

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