In 1977, the KKK kicked off the infamous Klan Border Watch, based on fear, intimidation and violence - which is not too different from today's border patrols. That year, Klan boss Dave Duke and his appointed leader of California, Tom Metzger, went all out.
The reader may think that this is only propaganda from the other side, so who better to know than Metzger.
In a U.S. intelligence report, Metzger was quoted as saying "when the blood really flows on the border, most will be long gone. They go out of their way to claim not to be racist. They are hypocrites ... They go on and on that they want no racists among them. What a joke."
The Minutemen have abused their power. Their cruelty has accounted for roughly 3,200 deaths among those trying to cross the border.
Not only have the Minutemen made racist remarks about Latinos, they work with an organization called SaveOurState, which has been present at Minutemen operations.
One member of SaveOurState is quoted online saying, "Well, I have heard that Arabs and Arab culture is a lot like the Mexican culture. And that they are just as dirty, they both get along."
The Minutemen are constantly condemning women who have gotten abortions and they are opposed to women's rights.
However, they have not hesitated to harm or even kill countless human beings who dream of a way to feed their children or one day have food on their table.
Personally, I do not believe in borders. No human being is illegal.
Rebecca Marcelina Gimeno
©Beaver County Times Allegheny Times 2007