Posted on March 30, 2005

Minuteman Project Causes Concern in Mexico

Lupita Murillo, KVOA (Tucson), Mar. 30

Later this week, the spotlight will be on Southeastern Arizona. Starting Friday, the month-long Minuteman Project will have volunteers, some armed, watching and waiting for illegal border crossers.

It’s gaining international attention. Tuesday, Mexican officials met with the Mayor of Douglas to discus how they will handle potential violence.

Angela Castillo Lopez and her 10-year-old granddaughter live in Agua Prieta Sonora. They cross daily into Douglas to visit family and to buy groceries.

But with word of the Minuteman Project, Lopez says she won’t be crossing after April 1st. She feels its too dangerous.

That concerns Agua Prieta Mayor David Figueroa and Douglas Mayor Ray Borane. They met privately to discuss the situations.

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The Mexican military is on stand-by. One unit has about a thousand soldiers. They’re located just across the border.

They’re united with the Mayor of Agua Prieta and they’re saying they’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.

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