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Press Release

Posted December 5, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, will publicly announce and discuss his organization’s endorsement of Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist for Congress in California’s 48th Congressional district Monday, December 5, at 3:30 pm at the Ayres Hotel in Laguna Woods, California. The announcement will be made in conjunction with a live remote broadcast of the John and Ken Show on KFI 640 Radio. The Ayres Hotel is located at 24341 El Toro Road in Laguna Woods just south of the Interstate 5 freeway.

Bonner, whose union membership represents over 10,000 front-line Border Patrol agents and employees said of Gilchrist in a written endorsement statement issued Friday that the Council supports Gilchrist because the candidate has “demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ending the illegal immigration crisis,” that he “understands the importance of a multi-faceted immigration enforcement strategy,” and that he is a “strong supporter of the men and women who protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws.”  Read more




Posted December 4, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th Congressional District candidate Jim Gilchrist – who this weekend garnered the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents 10,000 front-line U.S. Border Patrol agents and employees – today criticized opponent John Campbell for “backsliding” on his support of the California Border Police Initiative. Campbell in a recent media interview confirmed his discomfort and lack of commitment towards the Initiative he supposedly co-sponsors.

Campbell has “sold out all of the people who have donated money and who have ‘given their blood, sweat and tears’ to get this critical Initiative on the ballot,” stated Gilchrist.  Read more



10,000-member U.S. Border Patrol employees union

Posted December 3, 2005

Lake Forest, CA - The National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents 10,000 front-line U.S. Border Patrol employees, today announced its endorsement of Jim Gilchrist for Congress in the 48th Congressional District.

In a letter to Gilchrist, dated December 2, T.J. Bonner, President of the National Border Patrol Council stated, "On behalf of more than 10,000 front-line Border Patrol employees, the National Border Patrol Council proudly endorses your candidacy for the 48th Congressional District of California. You have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ending the illegal immigration crisis that threatens the security, as well as the sovereignty, of our Nation."  Read more



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Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman
Posted December 2, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th Congressional District candidate Jim Gilchrist said today that Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman’s recent speech warning against the rise of “anti-immigrant sentiment” in the United States was duplicitous and purposely designed to impugn the motives of millions of patriotic Americans who are working to stop illegal immigration and secure America’s borders.

“Chairman Mehlman’s recent remarks to the Republican Governor’s Association claimed that those who are on the front lines opposing illegal immigration and demanding American border security, such as Congressman Tom Tancredo and citizen Minutemen, are on the ‘wrong side of history’ because, supposedly, they are motivated by some sort of racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant mentality,” Gilchrist said.  Read more



Press Release

Posted December 1, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th District Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist today ridiculed John Campbell’s attempt to portray himself — in his mailings and campaign commercials — as being “tough on illegal immigration.”

“John Campbell’s claims that he is ‘tough’ on illegal immigration are laughable to anyone who knows his true record,” noted Gilchrist. “But because he has so much money to spend on his campaign, he clearly hopes that he can ‘fool all of the people, some of the time.’ The ‘some of the time,’ as far as John Campbell is concerned, is the period between now and the election this Tuesday, December 6.”  Read more



Press Release

Posted November 27, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th District Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist announced today his comprehensive 10 point “Law Enforcement and National Security Reform Agenda,” geared to address the national crisis of illegal immigration and border security. He challenged the Bush Administration to enact his plan immedialty.

“Our nation needs to implement a comprehensive plan which includes strong and effective law enforcement measures that will allow us to attack illegal immigration on every front, and provide the means to truly make our borders secure again,” said Gilchrist.  Read more



Press Release

Chris Simcox
Posted November 19, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Jim Gilchrist, Minuteman Project founder and 48th District Congressional candidate, believes America can thank Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo for launching the political movement to secure American’s borders—which, he says, "is spreading like a political wildfire across the nation."

"There are special interests out there, like the Hollywood media elite, the open borders lobby, and radical left-wing globalists who are trying to stop this movement, but they are getting nowhere.  Read more



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"When is the cost of Open Borders too high for our current crop of politicians?"

Posted November 18, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman founder and 48th Congressional District candidate Jim Gilchrist, today decried the latest brutal murder of an American peace officer by an illegal alien -- another needless killing in a long list of homicides of our law enforcement men and women by violent hooligans, "gang-bangers" and career criminals who have illicitly crossed our borders.

Dallas police officer Brian Jackson, age 28, was shot and killed early Sunday morning while responding to a domestic disturbance. Juan Lizcano, a Mexican illegal alien, who had been deported from the U.S. back to Mexico on several occasions previously, is being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault.  Read more



Press Release

Posted November 17, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th District Congressional candidate, Jim Gilchrist, condemned the portrayal of the Minuteman Movement by the NBC television program "Law and Order" as a "malicious, totally irresponsible and defamatory attack on thousands of peaceful, law abiding American citizens by the liberal Hollywood media elite."

"The ridiculous depiction of Minutemen portrayed as 'fanatics' who engage in acts of violence and even murder is an outrageous fabrication," said Gilchrist, in reacting to the episode of the NBC series which aired on Wednesday night.  Read more



Press Release
Group backs abortion, gun control, higher taxes, illegal immigration

Posted November 15, 2005

IRVINE – Minuteman Project founder and Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist today called on the League of Women Voters to be removed as co-sponsor of Tuesday’s UCI/City of Irvine debate among 48th District candidates.

“The League of Women Voters supports taxpayer funded abortion up to the day of delivery, new and expanded gun control laws, higher taxes on working people, socialized medicine and unrestricted illegal immigration,” Gilchrist said. “This organization is totally inappropriate to sponsor a debate and I will not participate if they are not removed from all involvement, since allowing them in is to sanction their far-left agenda in direct opposition of everything I stand for.”  Read more



Press Release

Rep. Tom Tancredo
Posted November 14, 2005

Lake Forest, CA - The Chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, Representative Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, will spend the full day Monday, November 21st, in Orange County, California, campaigning in support of Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist. Gilchrist is running for Congress in California's 48th District in the special run-off election to be held on Tuesday, December 6.

Congressman Tancredo, the acknowledged leader in the United States Congress on the issues of immigration reform and border security, will be the keynote speaker at a $250 a plate fundraising luncheon on behalf of Gilchrist for Congress to be held November 21st, from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 P.M., at the Balboa Bay Club, 1221 West Coast Highway, in Newport Beach.  Read more



Press Release

Posted November 9, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, and a candidate in the upcoming December 6, special election to fill the vacancy in California's 48th Congressional District, today blasted the National Republican Senate Campaign for circulating a "Senate Leadership Survey" that omits any questions which refer to illegal immigration or border security.

"How can any survey, which purports to address the major political issues facing America, be taken seriously if it does not include a single question on the issues of illegal immigration or border security?" asked Gilchrist.  Read more



Press Release

Posted November 7, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and Orange County Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist today is urging his supporters to vote “YES” on Propositions 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77 and “NO” on 78, 79 and 80 in tomorrow’s election.

Gilchrist’s comments came in an email to his supporters.

“Proposition 73 will guarantee a parent’s right to know whether their underage daughter is having an abortion. As a pro-Life candidate, I am pleased to see the Governor lend his support to this initiative despite our differences on the Life issue and that we can work together in this area of common interest.”  Read more



Press Release

MS-13 gang member
Posted November 1, 2005

Lake Forest, CA - Minuteman Project Founder Jim Gilchrist said that Sunday's Los Angeles Times story exposing the extent that criminals are illegally entering the USA illustrates why he is running for Congress.

The Times reported that more than 50,000 illegal aliens with criminal records were deported in the last twelve years alone, including untold numbers of gang members.

"One thing is clear. Illegal immigration is directly related to increases in crime and gang-related violence," Gilchrist said.  Read more



Press Release

Posted October 28, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist will head an impressive list of speakers at the "Secure Our Borders" rally to be held this Saturday, October 29, 2005, on the west steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento, California.

Gilchrist, a co-founder of the Minuteman Project, has received national acclaim resulting from the success of the non-confrontational Minuteman border watch efforts over the past year. His candidacy has thrust the issue of border security into the spotlight in a special election race to fill the vacancy in California's 48th District. The election will be held on December 6, 2005.  Read more



Press Release

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff
Posted October 18, 2005

Lake Forest, CA - Congressional Candidate and Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist expressed "cautious optimism" today following Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's vow that his agency will increase efforts to expel illegal aliens from this country, but also admitted that the leadership in the House of Representatives has still yet to join Senate leaders in recognizing the problem.

Noting that the Minuteman Project's message on border security is not only resonating with millions of American's but is actually starting to reach the leadership in Washington, Gilchrist pointed to the significant change on immigration policy recently by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and today Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.  Read more



Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry
Posted October 15, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist today said that he “applauded the courageous decision” of Texas Governor Rick Perry to take action to increase security at the Texas-Mexico border.

The Texas governor, who said he is “not going to stand by and allow our citizens to be placed in danger” by the increasing flood of illegal immigrants and violence along the border, announced a plan for border security that includes deployment of teams of state troopers to react to increased incidents of illegal immigration and violence in border areas -- as well as for possible deployment of the National Guard in cases of emergency.  Read more



Press Release

DNC Chair Howard Dean
Posted October 13, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th District Congressional Candidate Jim Gilchrist today condemned attacks made by Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean against the Minuteman border watch movement as "irresponsible, divisive, and defamatory." In a statement released by the Democratic National Committee on October 7, Dean was quoted as calling the Minuteman volunteer border-security initiative, of which Gilchrist is a co-founder, an "anti-immigrant … vigilante" group that is "helping spread fear and hatred in America."  Read more



Press Release
Posted October 8, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project co-founder and Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist made a trip to the California-Mexican border on Saturday, October 8, to lend his support, solidarity, and encouragement to volunteers of the Minuteman Corps of California.

These volunteers, members of the CA state affiliate of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps national organization, are conducting southern border watch operations near the hamlet of Boulevard, CA, as part of a national effort taking place in 14 states that share a border with Mexico or Canada.  Read more



Press Release

Posted October 1, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — On the eve of the special election to fill the vacancy in the 48th Congressional District, popular KFI radio talk show hosts John and Ken will host and moderate a debate between Minuteman Founder Jim Gilchrist and politician John Campbell.

The debate will take place Monday, October 3, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods—located at 24341 El Toro Rd, in Laguna Woods. It will be aired live as part of the John and Ken Show.

John and Ken will be broadcasting their show from that location on KFI640 between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. The debate will take place before a live audience. Admission is free.  Read more



Press Release

Alan Keyes with Jim and Sandy Gilchrist
Posted October 1, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — In a rousing address to hundreds of supporters of Minuteman Founder Jim Gilchrist packing the Irvine Marriott Hotel yesterday, former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes strongly endorsed Gilchrist's candidacy for Congress to fill the vacant seat in Orange County's 48th District.

Keyes, whose speech was met with thunderous applause and several standing ovations, chastised the political establishment "experts" who failed to protect American national security on 9/11, during the recent Hurricane Katrina disaster, and for years along the Mexican-American border.  Read more



Press Release

Alan Keyes
Posted September 29, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — Joining the celebration of the Minuteman Project's One-Year Birthday Party Bash this Friday at the Irvine Marriott Hotel will be featured speaker, former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes.

Keyes, a strong supporter of the Minuteman Project border watch mission and its efforts to achieve immigration reform and secure the nation's borders, served by appointment of President Ronald Reagan to represent the interests of the United States in the United Nations General Assembly from 1983 through 1985.  Read more



Press Release
Alan Keyes to speak
Posted September 28, 2005

Lake Forest, CA—Jim Gilchrist, founder and director of the highly acclaimed civilian border watch Minuteman Project, and candidate for Congress in the 48th District will be the featured speaker at a rally celebrating the first year of that organization's efforts to halt illegal immigration and help secure our borders. The rally will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Irvine Marriot Hotel, located at 18000 Von Karman in Irvine, between 5 pm and 7 pm on Friday, September 30, 2005.


Alan Keyes
Joining Gilchrist and speaking at the rally will be well-known national conservative leader Alan Keyes. Also participating will be John March, father of law enforcement officer David March who was slain by an illegal immigrant.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free. The Ricky Lewis Band will perform.  Read more



Press Release

Rep. Tom Tancredo
Posted September 27, 2005

Lake Forest, CA — 48th District congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist has received a major boost for his campaign in the special election to be held on October 4, 2005. He has been endorsed by prominent Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

Tancredo, of Colorado, who is the chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus and the acknowledged leader in the United States Congress on the issues of immigration reform and border security, stated, "I need Jim Gilchrist with me in Congress. Together, Jim and I can fight to stop illegal immigration.  Read more



Press Release

Posted September 24, 2005

LAKE FOREST, CA — Fifty-four percent (54%) of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Minutemen citizen border patrols, with only twenty-two percent (22%) unfavorable, according to a recent survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports. (See www.rasmussenreports.com.) Fifty-two percent (52%) surveyed believe that encouraging citizen patrols across the entire Mexican border would significantly reduce illegal immigration.

In a related survey by Rasmussen Reports, seventy-six percent (76%) of American voters say that it is too easy for people from other countries to enter the United States. The survey also found that sixty-three percent (63%) believe that "current immigration laws" are a threat to national security.  Read more



Press Release
Posted September 22, 2005





LAKE FOREST, CAAmericans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national non-partisan political action committee supporting candidates who will enforce America’s immigration laws, announced its endorsement of “Minuteman Founder” Jim Gilchrist, Independent Congressional Candidate for the upcoming California District 48 special election on October 4th.

“Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is endorsing Jim Gilchrist because of his selfless dedication and successful activism addressing our national crisis of border security and illegal immigration,” states William Gheen, president of ALIPAC.  Read more



Press Release

"Minuteman" Jim Gilchrist
Posted September 20, 2005

ANAHEIM, CA — Attendees at the state convention of the California GOP were shocked and dismayed to learn that operatives of candidate John Campbell had attempted to move a resolution that threatened with “expulsion from the California Republican Party” any member of the state GOP who “supports, advocates, or assists in any way” the campaign of Congressional candidate “Minuteman” Jim Gilchrist.

Phil Paule, who works closely with advisors of the Campbell campaign, introduced a draft resolution to the Rules Committee against Gilchrist that would have effectually made the State Chairman of the California Republican Party a “Grand Inquisitor” of political conformity.  Read more



Press Release
GOP Convention Hospitality Suite, Saturday 5-7 PM

Posted September 16, 2005

Lake Forest, CA – Jim Gilchrist, the Founder and Director of the civilian volunteer border watch Minuteman Project, and candidate for Congress in the 48th Congressional District Special Election, will be attending the California Republican Party Fall Convention this Saturday at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802.

Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project is sponsoring a “Secure the Borders” exhibit booth all this weekend--Friday, Saturday, and Sunday--at the GOP Convention.  Read more



Press Release
Jim can't be listed as 'Minuteman Founder' on ballot

Posted September 2, 2005

LAKE FOREST, CA — In his attempt to have the title “Minuteman Founder” approved as his ballot designation for the October 4th primary election, Independent Congressional Candidate for California’s 48th District, “Minuteman” Jim Gilchrist received an adverse decision today from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Judy Hersher against his recently filed Writ of Mandate.

Lawyers representing Mr. Gilchrist formally filed the petition with the Court on Tuesday, August 30, just hours before the sample ballots were expected to be sent to print by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.  Read more



Press Release

Posted September 2, 2005

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—‘Minuteman’ Jim Gilchrist, the only Independent Candidate running in the Oct. 4 election for California’s 48th Congressional District, will address the National Convention for the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) on Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 3:25 p.m., in the Convention Center at the Chaparral Suites Hotel. Mr. Gilchrist will be speaking as the only candidate in the California race who truly espouses the principles of the Republican Party, and who has a proven record of uncompromised action advancing the policies and priorities of the Reagan Republican Platform.  Read more



Press Release
Candidate to seek stay in the printing of ballots

Posted August 31, 2005

Lake Forest, CA—Lawyers representing Independent Congressional Candidate Jim Gilchrist (CA-48) filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate in a Sacramento Superior Court seeking a stay of any action by the Orange County Registrar of Voters that would allow for the production of ballots prior to a court ruling regarding the permissible use of the term “minuteman” as a “ballot designation” by Mr. Gilchrist during the special election on October 4, 2005. These actions have prompted the Orange County Registrar of Voters to halt all production of the sample ballots until the matter is resolved.  Read more


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