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Minuteman Volunteers March in Protest

Sunday, 03 April 2005 12:00 AM

Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant from California who organized the project, said the people at the protest represented only a portion of 450 participants on hand for the patrols. He said many were conducting reconnaissance Saturday.

(AP) Protesters including Steve Cavodnyik, left, of Tucson, Ariz., rally outside of Schiefelin Hall in... Full Image There was no way to verify the count independently Saturday. Human rights activists and some authorities have questioned whether the patrols will draw the hundreds that organizers expect.

The idea, according to organizers of the Minuteman Project, is for volunteers to fan out across 23 miles of the San Pedro Valley to watch the border and report any illegal activity to federal agents, an exercise some law enforcement officials fear could lead to vigilante violence.

The Arizona-Mexico border is considered the most vulnerable stretch of the 2,000-mile southern border. Of the 1.1 million illegal immigrants caught by the Border Patrol last year, 51 percent crossed into the country at the Arizona border.

Many of the Minuteman volunteers were recruited over the Internet and some plan to be armed.

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