Minuteman Chapter Forming in Arkansas

AUGUST 25, 2006 - Posted at 5:17 p.m. CDT

HOT SPRINGS, AR - An official with the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps says the anti-illegal immigration group is not limited to work in border states and is helping form a chapter in Arkansas.

Greg Thompson, a retired Oklahoma City advertising executive, is the group's national development director, and plans to visit Hot Springs on Tuesday for an organizational meeting.  The group is known for its citizen patrols of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hot Springs retiree Bill Riggins is organizing a chapter as the Diamond Chapter of Arkansas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.  It will be the first Arkansas affiliate.  He said the group will lobby politicians and also investigate and turn in businesses that employ illegal immigrants.

Charles Cervantes of Little Rock, state director of the Arkansas chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he was unaware the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps was attempting to organize in the state.  Cervantes says group members are retired old men who have nothing else to do other than play cowboys and Indians out in the desert.

Cervantes says if the group plans to lobby lawmakers by legal means, he has no problem with that.

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