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Who are the Minutemen?

Today the Minutemen are members of the Minuteman Project, a controversial activist organization started in April 2005 by a group of private individuals in the US to monitor the United States-Mexico border's flow of illegal immigrants. Co-founded by Jim Gilchrist, the name derives from the "Minutemen", militiamen who fought in the American Revolution. The Minuteman Project describes itself as "a citizens' Neighborhood Watch on the border". David McNew's photo shows a Minuteman Project's outpost atop of a hill along the border in California.