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February 22, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project is giving up on plans to participate in a March 4 Patriots Day parade in Laguna Beach, and now has its eye on a San Juan Capistrano event. The anti-illegal immigration group sued for a spot in the parade, but on Feb. 7 an Orange County Superior Court judge declined to order Laguna Beach organizers to include it. Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist responded by saying that as many as 1,500 of the group's supporters would attend as spectators.
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June 23, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
HE senses them out there in the dark, making their moves, trying to outsmart him. He's planted on a hill in the cab of his mud-splattered, jacked-up truck, a greenish 1976 Silverado with roof-mounted motion sensors, holes in the floorboard and a "Don't Tread on Me" sticker in the window. From the cab, he studies the valley below with night-vision goggles, Ruger revolver strapped to his ribs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
When state Sen. John Campbell makes his final push in December to win a prized congressional district in coastal Orange County, the biggest fight may come not from his Democratic opponent but from a retired accountant who gained notoriety by watching for illegal immigrants at the Mexican border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city attorney's office Monday filed nine misdemeanor charges against a member of the Minuteman anti-illegal immigration movement who had a confrontation with day laborers. John Matthew Monti allegedly pushed and cursed day laborers who had gathered on a street corner of the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood seeking work. The charges include battery, civil rights violations and filing a false police report for alleging that he had been assaulted by several laborers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project, an anti-illegal immigration group, has been refused entry by a second Orange County parade. Last month, the border patrol group was barred by organizers of Laguna Beach's 40th annual Patriots Day parade, which takes place Saturday. On Thursday came a second rejection: Organizers of the March 25 Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano said they wouldn't let the group march either.
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December 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A volunteer border watch group has started erecting a mile of steel-mesh fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of Naco. Minuteman Civil Defense Corps spokesman Al Garza said the fence will force illegal immigration traffic to the east and west. It also will "let the government know that it's not as difficult to secure the borders as they lead us to believe," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
If American Independent Party congressional candidate and anti-illegal immigration activist Jim Gilchrist can't be listed as director of the Minuteman project on next month's special election ballot, the space next to his name will be left blank, his campaign manager said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Jim Gilchrist, the Aliso Viejo accountant who co-founded the Minuteman Project, was forced offstage seconds into his speech at Columbia University on Wednesday night by students who said his anti-illegal immigration message was not welcome in New York. Gilchrist, who was invited by the Columbia University College Republicans, was unharmed but was unable to continue speaking as planned and was forced to leave the stage after an altercation with students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2005 | Jennifer Delson and Mai Tran, Times Staff Writers
An activist opposing illegal immigration who drove his van into a crowd of protesters in Garden Grove will not be charged, police said Thursday, prompting anger from detractors. A van driven by Hal Netkin hit several people protesting an appearance Wednesday night by James Gilchrist, whose Minuteman citizen patrol last month monitored the Mexican border in Arizona for illegal crossers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city attorney's office Monday filed nine misdemeanor charges against a member of the Minuteman anti-illegal immigration movement who had a confrontation with day laborers. John Matthew Monti allegedly pushed and cursed day laborers who had gathered on a street corner of the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood seeking work. The charges include battery, civil rights violations and filing a false police report for alleging that he had been assaulted by several laborers.
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December 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A volunteer border watch group has started erecting a mile of steel-mesh fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of Naco. Minuteman Civil Defense Corps spokesman Al Garza said the fence will force illegal immigration traffic to the east and west. It also will "let the government know that it's not as difficult to secure the borders as they lead us to believe," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Jim Gilchrist, the Aliso Viejo accountant who co-founded the Minuteman Project, was forced offstage seconds into his speech at Columbia University on Wednesday night by students who said his anti-illegal immigration message was not welcome in New York. Gilchrist, who was invited by the Columbia University College Republicans, was unharmed but was unable to continue speaking as planned and was forced to leave the stage after an altercation with students.
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April 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
If the government doesn't build a security fence along the Mexico border, Minuteman Project border watch leader Chris Simcox says he and his supporters will. Simcox, whose civilian watch group opposes illegal immigration, said Wednesday that he was sending an ultimatum to President Bush to deploy military reservists to the Arizona border by May 25 or his supporters would break ground on their building project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project, an anti-illegal immigration group, has been refused entry by a second Orange County parade. Last month, the border patrol group was barred by organizers of Laguna Beach's 40th annual Patriots Day parade, which takes place Saturday. On Thursday came a second rejection: Organizers of the March 25 Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano said they wouldn't let the group march either.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project is giving up on plans to participate in a March 4 Patriots Day parade in Laguna Beach, and now has its eye on a San Juan Capistrano event. The anti-illegal immigration group sued for a spot in the parade, but on Feb. 7 an Orange County Superior Court judge declined to order Laguna Beach organizers to include it. Minuteman Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist responded by saying that as many as 1,500 of the group's supporters would attend as spectators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
A judge refused Tuesday to order Laguna Beach parade organizers to include the controversial Minuteman border patrol organization in their March 4 Patriots Day parade. Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner said requiring the inclusion of certain groups would violate the parade organizers' free-speech rights. "This is their parade," the judge said, "and they can express what they want in their parade."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2007 | Christopher Goffard, Times Staff Writer
HE senses them out there in the dark, making their moves, trying to outsmart him. He's planted on a hill in the cab of his mud-splattered, jacked-up truck, a greenish 1976 Silverado with roof-mounted motion sensors, holes in the floorboard and a "Don't Tread on Me" sticker in the window. From the cab, he studies the valley below with night-vision goggles, Ruger revolver strapped to his ribs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project citizen patrol, known for its skirmishes over illegal immigration, is now in a skirmish over a Laguna Beach parade. At issue is the 40th annual Patriots Day parade, a homespun event put on by a nonprofit group in Laguna. The Minuteman Project applied to participate in the March 4 event through downtown Laguna this month but was rejected by parade organizers, who cited the 25-year-old parade bylaws that say, "No religious or political entries shall be permitted."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project, an illegal-immigrant patrol group excluded from a Laguna Beach parade, filed a lawsuit Friday saying that its free-speech rights had been violated. At issue is the homespun 40th annual Patriots Day parade March 4. Organizers refused a Minuteman entry Jan. 19, saying it would violate the parade's 25-year-old bylaws that exclude "religious or political entries."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The Minuteman Project citizen patrol, known for its skirmishes over illegal immigration, is now in a skirmish over a Laguna Beach parade. At issue is the 40th annual Patriots Day parade, a homespun event put on by a nonprofit group in Laguna. The Minuteman Project applied to participate in the March 4 event through downtown Laguna this month but was rejected by parade organizers, who cited the 25-year-old parade bylaws that say, "No religious or political entries shall be permitted."
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