Chris Simcox, founder and President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, formerly the Civil Homeland Defense (CHD), stated in an undated document (accessed Oct. 11, 2007):

“Since our government officials have basically notified the world that the border fence is not being patrolled, it is now more important than ever for citizens to rise to the occasion and fill a void in National security.

CHD volunteers will now patrol the border with over 100 fully armed Citizens who consider themselves members of the unorganized state militia; we have the legal right and moral obligation as per our Arizona State Constitution and Federal Constitution and our respect for American citizens.

Our intent is to send a strong message to the world that we will stand defiant to invaders and protect the borders of our country.”

Oct. 11, 2007