KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Retired Kansas policeman Ed Hayes
lives a quiet life with his
wife and pet poodles in a spacious suburban home near Kansas City, far from the main front line over illegal immigration along the U.S. border with Mexico.
But over the last 18 months the 66-year-old grandfather has been drawn into the battle nonetheless, becoming active on a second front.He
has joined many individuals, who, with state and municipal leaders, have given up waiting for federal action and are working to control illegal immigration themselves.
The issue has become a priority not only for activists like Hayes but also for state and local leaders around the United States who say illegal immigration limits job opportunities for Americans and severely strains community resources.Hayes is a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC), a national organization that is one of several groups that have formed, including one in Oklahoma called Outraged Patriots.
"It's not about skin color, it's about breaking the law," said Hayes
, who oversees Kansas and Missouri chapters of theMCDC
hasn't yet engaged in a Minuteman border patrol, in which armed members actually search along the U.S.-Mexican border for those trying to cross illegally.Continued ...