Minutemen militia plans ‘Operation Normandy’ with 3,500 volunteers on the border next year

Militia groups on the rise (YouTube)Raw Story – by Arturo Garcia

Jim Gilchrist, one of the founders of the Minutemen Project militia group announced plans to recruit at least 3,500 “non-member volunteers” to take part in a May 1, 2015 anti-immigration effort along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Southern Poverty Legal Center (SPLC) reported.

Gilchrist said on the group’s website that “Operation Normandy,” as he called it, needed that many volunteers to successfully cover the “porous areas” between San Diego, California and Brownsville, Texas.  

“If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Gilchrist said. “However, there is one difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an invasion.”

The use of the word “invasion” echoes a recent conservative talking point depicting the thousands of immigrants, most of them children, coming to the U.S. from Central American countries. Gilchrist’s post also said that the only rule for participating is, “Whatever you do, stay within the rule of law.”

“You do not put a hand on anyone, you do not talk to anyone, you do not confront anyone,” he told KPHO-TV earlier this month. “You report to Border Patrol.”

Gilchrist also said the volunteers will not be recognized as Minutemen members, but rather as “individual citizens.”

The SPLC noted that, though the group gained momentum in conservative circles after launching in 2005, it came undone due to leadership squabbles and criminal charges against two of Gilchrist’s associates, co-founder Chris Simcox and one of the group’s top figures, Shawna Forde.

Forde was convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 and sentenced to death for killing Raul Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, at their Arizona home. Prosecutors said Forde orchestrated the invasion of Flores’ home to rob him of drug-related money she believed he had in order to fund her group, Minutemen American Defense. The state Supreme Court rejected her appeal of the sentence this past January.

For his part, Simcox is scheduled to go to trial in September on charges of molesting three girls under the age of 10.

Watch a report on “Operation Normandy,” as posted by the SPLC on Monday, below.

[Image via Minuteman Project News Facebook page]


Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt


10 thoughts on “Minutemen militia plans ‘Operation Normandy’ with 3,500 volunteers on the border next year

  1. Surely you jest. Report to the border patrol….are you serious. They are controlled by the UN they wont do anything. Unless you mean war you are lame….. don’t bother. Waste of time.

    1. Absolutely Grin. Couple that with the “iron fist” strategy of don’t confront anyone or talk to anyone and all we have to do is wait to for these db’s to organize this for May 2015? Nothing about this group is right. Sounds like another judas goat

  2. Next year! What are they going to do, lock the border after a few million come through and the Feds sneak them into any state without any notification.

    1. Yeah Millard. their 20 or so years late. I’m sure there a lot of people out there are sucking all this up. stupid idiots!!!!

      1. Reminds me of that dialogue in the movie, TOP GUN:

        “Officer: [in the midst of the MIG battle] Both Catapults are broken, sir.

        Stinger: How long will it take?

        Officer: It’ll take ten minutes.

        Stinger: Bullshit ten minutes! This thing will be over in two minutes! Get on it!”

        In other words, BULLSHIT next year! This thing will be over by next month! Get on it!

  3. Yep, everybody head to the border where you can be caught in an ambush. Don’t think the gang members that have already come in are not going to tail you down to the border to protect their interests and plug you in the back. Time to act is now and disperse smaller groups throughout the nation recruiting as you go. I have killed many a rattlers and you always cut the snake off at the head. What an idiot this Gilcrest!

  4. Bah! This means nothing. They’ll be forced to do paperwork and processing like the rest of the Border Patrol as the amount of illegals increase. Until they start shooting these invaders, nothing will change even if you had the whole country down there. Wake up, people!

  5. Operation Normandy? Seriously? You name your operation after D-Day? Why don’t you just say you want everyone slaughtered in an ambush, for cryin’ out loud?


    After the militias down there rejected me from helping, I ain’t got nothing to say. And since they want to use Facebook to recruit people and communicate, they deserve what they get. Stupid is as stupid does.

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