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Minuteman-USA

2009-03-13

Britt Craig owns two caps. One has the American flag on it, the other one says ”hunter”. He lost his left eye in Vietnam and sleeps only an hour at a time. Most days he lives in a blue truck on a dusty hill in the Californian desert, overlooking the Mexican border. He is part of the Minutemen – a vigilance committee determined to seal the US border. Between 2008 and 2009 the number of similar anti-immigrant groups in the US grew from 173 to 309, a rise of nearly 80 percent according to a new report by Southern Poverty Law Center. There are currently an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US. In California, up to ten per cent of the population lacks legal status. The US economy depends on the undocumented workers in many ways - cheap and obedient, doing the work Americans have not been willing to do. But with an official unemployment rate close to ten per cent, attitudes shift. ”Monetarily, illegal immigration is a hell lot bigger crime than robbing a bank,” says Britt Craig.

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