10/11 - 10/16/05

October was a big month for Minutemen. There were Minutemen groups along the border in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and even the Canadian border. There were three separate border watch groups along the California Border. I am a member of the California Minutemen. We have CA Minutemen along the border all the time but we are there in much larger numbers for “official” border watches.

I used up a few of my vacation days from work and spent it at the border with the CA Minutemen in Campo. I didn’t see a single Border Patrol Agent patrolling the Campo Sector for the first few days while I was there but they did come out on the weekend. They don’t have enough agents to go around so they have to move them off the border in order to station them at checkpoints on highway 8 and 94.

We filled in the holes while they were away with 9 watch points along the border. Most watch points were guarded by 2 - 4 Minutemen/women. For safety reasons the people who do not have guns are paired up with someone that does but there were times when a single Minutemen held a post on his own. I watched an area on my own one night and I don’t carry a gun. We had Minutemen on the border 24 hours a day. I brought along a nice furry hooded parka and I was glad that I did because it was friggin cold at night.

These first few photos were shot in the El Cajon Sector. On my first day there I took a drive along the border fence. Unlike the Campo Sector there were a number of Border Patrol Agents out.

I’m standing at a large gap in the fence for this shot. There are many places where you can crawl under the fence and there are large gaps where boulders hindered the construction so there is no fence. At these points you might have a string of barb wire or nothing at all. You can see a Mexican highway in the distance. There are many worn trails leading from the highway to this point.

Directly across from where I was standing for the above shot you can see a pile of clothing left by migrants.

As I was taking the picture of the clothes an Agent drove up and asked if I was a Minuteman. We haven’t had any border watches in the El Cajon sector yet so he was curious. Some of these Agents weren’t too hot on us Minutemen being there when we first arrived this summer but within a week they seemed to appreciate our help. Their only concern at this point is that one of us will get hurt. It can be dangerous down there. Before this agent left he told me that they had their sector secured pretty well. I think it was secure at that point in time but obviously it wasn’t recently or there wouldn’t have been a pile of clothing and backpacks on the ground.

I left this gap in the fence and drove towards the Campo sector. As I was coming down a hill I spotted two illegals. They hid after they saw me.

I went up the road a bit and parked on the hill near the Pacific Crest Trail marker and waited for them to walk towards the next break in the fence. You can see that they are actually doing some construction and patching up this spot. It will be nice when they get that done. I wish we had a secure wall with camera’s and along the entire border.

Sure enough, the illegals did walk in my direction towards the break. I could see their shadows pass by through the cracks in the fence. I waiting for them to come through the break but they ended up turning back into Mexico. At the time I spotted these two we also had sightings of two groups of six. They all knew we were there so they didn’t cross either.

This is a legal observer named Claudia Smith. She smiles and acts nice but talks a lot of shit about us to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here is a little movie with her.

I can’t remember the name of this valley but just over the hill is the little town of Jacumba.

Roads from the Mexican side lead right up to the fence.

The picture below is probably my favorite lookout spot because you can see forever. I’m standing on a group of boulders overlooking the valley. The boulders extend over into the Mexican side.

This the the view directly behind me.

I spent a night at this spot. Just after dark there was a flurry of Border Patrol activity near the trees in the valley. There was a helecopter flying overhead with spotlights. There is another break in the fence near those trees and that’s where the migrants had crossed.

I was in a good place to watch all the activity but i was wishing I had stationed myself down by the trees where the action was. I spent the next night under those trees.

A minuteman strikes a familiar pose.

These 10 million candle power spotlights are the bomb.

“Watchdog” and “Minutemama.”

This is “Sweetcakes” standing at the infamous drive-up window in Jacumba. Some of the men call her “Crabcakes.”

We had a steak fry at the VFW that was very good.

I wanted to stay a few days longer but a heavy rain was moving in so we halted our border watch until the weather cleared up. It rained hard for the next three or four days. The Minutemen returned afterwards but I had to work so I couldn’t make it.