WhereaS, the League of United Latin American Citizens is this nation’s oldest and largest Latino organization, founded in Corpus Christi, Texas February 24, 1929; and 

WhereaS, LULAC throughout its history has committed itself to the principle that Latinos have equal access to opportunities in employment, education, housing, and healthcare; and 

WhereaS, LULAC as supported the principles of equal opportunities for economic development, political influence, civil rights and the general welfare for all Latinos in the United States. 

WhereaS, the Volunteer Armed Militia (VAM) has established themselves as a private vigilante group in Southern Arizona’s Border Region; and  

WhereaS, the VAM has used armed force upon unarmed migrants crossing the border and detaining them against their will; and 

WhereaS, members of the VAM have detained migrants and humiliated them by photographing them holding t-shirts stating, “all I got for grabbing a migrant was a ‘T’ Shirt,” demonstrating VAM’s true aim to conduct a publicity stunt for their own personal gain; and  

WhereaS, the VAM is taking the law into its own hands and creating fear and intimidation of local residents and migrants; and  

WhereaS, VAM’s motives appear to be racially motivated and serve no purpose, but to disrupt the efforts of legitimate law enforcement and immigration staff that now must be concerned about the intervention of the activities of the VAM. 


  • We are demanding the VAM leave the area and not further intervene with legitimate and trained law enforcement and immigration officials.

  • That the VAM be exposed for what it is; a racists, publicity-seeking, armed vigilante body preying on the misfortune of migrants and other area minority residents.

  • That the VAM take their “three ring circus” and leave the area as reported in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper.

  • That the Cochise County Attorney office investigate the “T” shirt publicity stunt conducted by Bryan Barton congressional candidate from San Diego, California.

  • That the activities of VAM organized by Chris Simcox and James Gilchrist be closely monitored for violations of unauthorized trespassing on state and private property.

  • Investigate violations of the civil rights of Hispanic American residents being harassed, as well as, violations of international law on the migrants.

  • That President Bush address the border issues raised by LULAC and other Border Area Civil Rights administration and work with the border area organizations to find a solution to chronic issues on the border.

  • The Bush administration put on the fast track immigration reform that fully addresses the issues of both Mexico and the United States.

  • The Congress of the United States stop stalling in the immigration reform and put it on the same level of priority as the life support issue in Florida (the Terri Schiavo case).

  • Request that the attorney General of Arizona and the U.S. Attorney General investigate the backgrounds and financial sources behind the “armed militia group.”

  • Initiate legal action and criminal proceedings against illegal acts undertaken by the armed militia.

  • A national forum be held in Tucson, Arizona, regarding the armed militia, immigration, and critical border issues.

Adopted this 1st day of July 2006.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President

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