Pro-Illegal Group Plans To Picket Minuteman Children

Schreiman, a Gaithersburg resident, said the Minutemen’s Maryland chapter formed about six weeks ago and has about 100 members who already were involved with the group’s Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based headquarters. He said surveillance of the Wheaton day laborer center, which is funded in part by Montgomery County, started last week when Minutemen photographed contractors who drove into the center’s parking lot on University Boulevard West to pick up day workers, men who are primarily Latino.

��From a national standpoint, we want to close the border down and stop the flow of illegals,” Schreiman said. ��We want to do the same thing here, but our approach will be a little different. What we want to do is to basically discourage contractors and businesses from hiring illegals. It’s against federal law.

��We’re going to go after these [contractors] at the state and local level because these people aren’t paying taxes,” including payroll taxes and worker’s compensation, because the day laborers are presumed to be in the United States illegally, Schreiman said. ��We’re going to take these people and through a vetting process determine which ones are not paying their taxes and doing business in an inappropriate manner and then turn them over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution. That should put a damper on the hiring of illegals.”

Although another Minutemen chapter in Herndon, Va., publicly targeted a city-funded day laborer center there in December, Schreiman said his chapter would take a more low-key approach, discreetly photographing contractors and their vehicles at the workers’ centers. In the future, he said the group would be more visible, inviting journalists to accompany the Maryland Minutemen as they work in Montgomery County.

And, he said, efforts to document contractors who hire day laborers will expand to other places where the men congregate, including parking lots at convenience stores and gas stations.

��We’re going to target those, too,” he said. ��When we go down to target Casa in Silver Spring, we will also be filming the Exxon and the 7-Eleven there [at University Boulevard East and Piney Branch Road]. And eventually we will end up going down to the [Takoma⁄Langley] Crossroads, which is even a richer target.”

So far, no one has complained about the Minutemen in Wheaton, said Natalie Cantor, director of the Mid-County Regional Services Center. Staff members from the center have seen the Minutemen working from across Veirs Mill Road.

��They don’t come on the property or come close to the workers’ center, so I have heard no complaints. Things have been quiet.”

While the Minutemen are taking a stealthy approach, Casa’s response will be quite the opposite.

��We are going to target them in a specific way,” said Executive Director Gustavo Torres. Casa representatives will go out with cameras and video cameras to record the Minutemen, but that will only be the first step, he said.

��Then we are going to picket their houses, and the schools of their kids, and go to their work,” Torres said. ��If they are going to do this to us, we are going to respond in the same way, to let people know their neighbors are extremists, that they are anti-immigrant. They are going to hear from us.”

3 Responses to “Pro-Illegal Group Plans To Picket Minuteman Children”

  1. Jim Says:

    Gustavo Torres is an Pro illigal immigrant extremist/ mexican socialist, and 80 % of his neghbors think the same way to his disapointment, unless he lives in predominantly illigal alliens neighborhood. This racist’s missions are to invade America for Mexico. I wonder what part of the word ILLEGAL that this idiot does not understand, that he will be using video cameras against the LEGAL minuteman activities.

    Yes, we re going to hear from him all right, Gaustavo, when the bus loaded with illigal alliens heading for jails for deportations process.

  2. Brad Says:

    If he followed my child to school I would have a restraining order put on him.
    How ignorant can you be? I guess he doesn’t want to understand the difference between documenting an illegal act (hiring illegals) and harassing someone. I would probably look into sueing him and his organization as well. In some communities I would suspect following a child to his school and videotaping him without his parents permission is against the law. Also I would suspect anti-stalking laws could come into play.

  3. The Watchdog Says:

    Gustavo won’t make many friends in the community with these tactics. I highly doubt this guy will do anything at all. He’ll maybe turn a video camera onto the Minutemen when they are recording and reporting but that’s about it.

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