America's Southern Front: Immigration, Homeland Security, and the Border Fencing Debate [open pdf - 287KB]
"They call themselves the 'Minutemen,' named after the famed volunteer militia in the American colonies that started an armed rebellion against British rule two centuries ago, resulting in America's independence. But the mission of today's Minutemen is not to liberate occupied territory from colonial rule, or plant the seeds of democracy across new frontiers-but rather to prevent the flow of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican frontier, many of whom are pursuing the very same dream of America that inspired the original Minuteman. Like their namesake, however, they are a group of civilian volunteers, a contemporary militia that has pledged to defend the U.S. border from foreign infiltration, a task they believe the U.S. government has not fulfilled."
Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil
Strategic Insights (May 2006,) v.5 no.5