Citing logistical and safety concerns, the leader of an anti-illegal immigration group said Monday that he is postponing his plans for a controversial border watch this summer along eastern San Diego County's portion of the U.S. Mexican border.
Andy Ramirez, founder of Chino-based Friends of the Border Patrol, said so many people have volunteered to patrol the border with his group that officials with his organization decided to push the kick off of the one-month operation from Aug. 1 to sometime in September. Ramirez said he wants to make sure his organization is able to provide volunteers with things like sufficient training, portable toilets, food and shelter.
'We have been hit by such an overwhelming response from volunteers from all over ---- more than 700 now ---- that we need that extra time,' Ramirez said Monday.
He said he also wants to give law enforcement officials extra time to make the necessary preparations for policing the border watch and what could turn out to be thousands of volunteers, as well as the groups that oppose them.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
San Diego County Minuteman watch postponed until September.
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