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Roger Gitlin: Remembering 9/11 and pushing for border security

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Posted: September 4, 2010 1:21 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Next week is 9/11, nine years since four jetliners were hijacked by fanatical Muslim extremists. Nearly 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001. How will you acknowledge what has now become National Patriot’s Day, arguably a somber and solemn event in America’s history?

There will be a special recognition in the Santa Clarita Valley. A tribute to the first responders and support for our troops will be held at Veterans Historical Plaza, at Walnut Street and Newhall Avenue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A luncheon will be held at the IRAQ Star foundation at 24527 Spruce St. immediately following the reading-of-the-names flag ceremony. The suggested donation is $5 for lunch. For more information call (818) 634-5854 or e-mail

I hope you will join me and some Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen Sept. 11 in driving to the border near Campo to celebrate Camp Vigilance’s fifth anniversary and the events surrounding National Patriots Day. One of the events scheduled is an American flag raising at Boundary Peak. Boundary Peak is a 50-million-year-old rock volcano that erupted from the desert floor about 1,000 feet, (3,876 feet above seat level). This rock is begging for an American flag.

With the permission of the U.S. Border Patrol, a location to erect this giant American flag will be determined by Sept. 11.

The project to erect this American flag at the border has been in the works for many years. Thanks to fellow Minuteman Jim Betz, director of Camp Vigilance, we will install a 28-foot aluminum flagpole with flag and lighting to complement the National Guard lookout post atop Boundary Peak. The proposed location is just 100 yards from our still-unsecured border.
After the event, a barbecue is planned for a $5 donation back at Camp Vigilance.

I have traveled to the border at Camp Vigilance countless times. I am certain you’ve all heard many of the horrific tales regarding the perils faced by those who attempt to enter the country illegally. Indeed, many of these stories are true.

The conditions illegal immigrants endure are shocking as they attempt to unlawfully enter the United States. Please do not misunderstand; I do not condone any human being subjected to the appalling conditions sanctioned by these “coyotes,” even though these illegal immigrants partake in this journey quite voluntarily.

Be certain, these human beings are enduring great hardship at the hands of the drug-smuggling cartels. As a price and condition for illegally entering the United States, immigrants must smuggle drugs on their person as part of the already outrageous fees charged by the human traffickers.

I continue to hold President Barack Obama responsible for failing to enforce Article 4 Section 4 of the Constitution, which demands the president secure our borders.

Obama has failed abysmally to secure our borders. I continue to hold American businesses accountable for breaking American law and hiring these illegal immigrants, actions which are depressing real American wages and contributing to wreaking social havoc on Americans who are forced to pick up the tab for their profits.

In California, Penal Code 834b is summarily ignored by our law enforcement. It is shameful our government and unscrupulous American businesses continue to allow these conditions to prevail, all at the expense of the middle class.
Regrettably, our government fails to see these monumental problems, and only until very recently did the Obama Administration reluctantly send about 1,000 National Guardsmen to assist the depleted U.S. Border Patrol.

With great thanks to volunteer patriots like Jim Betz and Ken Dreger, plus additional minutemen, we are able to confound and repel the traffickers by being the eyes and ears for the very appreciative Border Patrol. Contrary to modern-day fable makers, no minuteman has every engaged illegal immigrants physically, other than to offer humanitarian assistance of water and shelter for those who lose their way attempting to cross the desert. I have personally been involved in two such humanitarian efforts near Camp Vigilance.

I encourage you to take the four-hour drive to Camp Vigilance from Santa Clarita. Log on to to see how you can lend your assistance, while at the same time recognize National Patriot’s Day.

I plan to be there. Contact me if you want to carpool to Camp Vigilance over the Sept. 11 weekend. You may be surprised to see lots of patriots from the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen also at the border.

Roger Gitlin is a retired teacher, founder of the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen and state director of the Patriot’s Coalition. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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