Local protesters head for border

Local activists Jeff Winder and Sue Frankel-Streit are preparing to cross the U.S. border from Mexico sans checkpoints and walk 40 miles of migrant trails through the Sonoran Desert to protest US anti-immigration policy.

The two, pictured just before their arrest in Rep. Virgil Goode's office in a 2007 Code Pink protest, this time have on their People United hats to protest resolutions such as one passed in Prince William County that limits county services to citizens and has police verifying citizenship pretty much when they stop people for speeding.

"We want to overturn Prince William County," says fellow protester Virginia Leavell from Tucson, the city where the border crossers– who have been dubbed "insanity without borders" by one of their coalition members by Greg Latieq, founder of Help Save Manassas– will begin their hike to Mexico over the weekend.

"We're going to wake up tomorrow, and it's going to be a police state," says Leavell.

Winder, from Nelson County, and Streit-Frankel, of Louisa, have been hiking around this area with backpacks to train for the desert hike, Leavell says, and they'll carry food and water for their 40-mile trek.

The People United plan a press conference at the Nogales port of entry on the border south of Tucson on Tuesday, April 22, and if all goes well, Winder and Streit-Frankel will be back. "They're not crossing at a point of entry," notes Leavell. "It's civil disobedience."

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Stop Complaining! Do something...?

WE MUST HAVE A FEDERAL LAW.

THE SAVE ACT IS THE ANSWER!

Do you really want your families to support the next waves of illegal immigrants? Are you not angry and frustrated, by the morons in Washington playing you for fools? We already are subsidizing the poor uneducated workforce here, for greedy predator employers.

ONCE A NEW AMNESTY IS SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE NEXT PRESIDENT, WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THE MILLIONS MORE WHO WILL KEEP COMING, WAITING FOR YET ANOTHER AMNESTY? AND THE NEXT ONE AFTER THAT.......?

Keep calling your Democratic Congressmen today to co-author THE SAVE ACT! (H.R.4088) Toll free numbers include 18778516437 and 18662200044, or call toll 12022243121 AND REGISTER YOUR OUTRAGE at ongoing efforts to keep our country from enforcing its immigration laws! Make sure your demanding the SAVE ACT (H.R. 4088) because the leading Democrats are trying to mislead the voters.? Read about the Democrats lies at borderfirereport.net. Read about their lies as they gut the border fence at numbersusa! american patrol!

YOU CAN PETITION TO COMPLETE THE BORDER FENCE HERE grassfire

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Why are these people are too stupid to understand the difference between lawful immigration and illegal immigration? We allow people to lawfully immigrate from Iraq. So the allusion that "the US is a police state for not allowing just any old joe to cross the border at will" is moronically stupid and no other country in the world allows it either. It also demonstrates a decided ignorance about economics. Couldn't you have found something worthwhile to whine about?

"Overturn Prince William County."

Now that is an attractive idea. Put Albemarle on the list too.But not my street.

This is pretty lame. Their act of "civil disobedience" is to enter their own country somewhere other than at a "point of entry?" Assuming them to be citizens, I'm not sure that's much of an illegal act to be particularly proud of. Not quite on a par with taking a seat at the front of the bus.

I'm not sure what point they're trying to make. Do they think we should have open borders and just have a come one, come all immigration policy? How many migrant laborers do they think our teetering economy can support? Do they feel that anybody who can manage to make that frightening crossing of a placid river between Texas and Mexico should be entitled to welfare, free medical care, and a free education? I've lived here all my life - where's MY free freaking medical care?

Jeeze.

While they are in mexico perhaps they should try and apply for a job.. that way they can find out how MEXICO treats its illegal immigrants...

I do have a question.. if we are reqired to pay minimum wage to all (legal or not)and these two probably are for a higher minumum wage (stay with me)... then when I tell a guy I can't afford to higher him because I can't make money on the deal..... is society not DENYING him his right to feed his family since he would gladly rather work for less than not at all?

Perhaps they could give a couple of mexicans rides when they go....

I know the economy isn't strong in the US but surely they can get work in the US without sneaking into Mexico. Won't they displace Mexican citizens from working in Mexico? Frankly if it was me I would prefer to drive and avoid the heat but maybe they are going to bring back some hemp! :)

Another thought...maybe they can finish the wall before they turn around and head back north...wouldn't that be sweet!

At least they will have an easy time replenishing their pot supply!

This article is terribly off-base. I'm in Arizona right now, as an organizer with The People United, and have been doing support work for the Border Crossing Action. If you want to learn more about the reality of this action, and the Virginia Immigrant People's Coalition (which never called us "insanity without borders," that was Greg Letieq, from the racist Help Save Manasass), see www.thepeopleunited.org

Thanks for correcting the source of "insanity without borders."
-- Lisa