Gabriela Gomez - Migration and Culture

Im/migrant Agency Report Civil Home land Defense


In these brief reports, students respond to questions about the migration perspectives of an assigned im/migrant agency or organization, based on their Internet research. These annotations will compile a resource list to serve as a guide for the class and others concerned with im/migration issues.


A.    Title of agency or organization? Civil Homeland Defense

B.     Where is home base (city/state/country)? Tombstone, AZ  USA

C.     Date founded? November 2002

 D.    Names of key spokespersons/officers; Chris Simcox

 E.     What/who is key constituency or audience? Citizens concerned with homeland defense.

 F.      What are the agency’s main activities? Assist border patrol agents with detentions of illegals. Also provide those entering the country illegally with water, first aide and blankets and wait for border patrol to arrive.

 G.    Mission statement? (you may quote mission statement if available; use quotation marks)”To report suspicious activities to proper authorities by legal means, illegal aliens, drug traffickers and terrorist from entering the United States by physical presence along the immediate U.S. Mexican border also groups along the Canadian border and coastal areas are encouraged with the same level of vigilance”

 H.    What are the key im/migration issues of concern to this agency? Advocating to the president for better border patrolling effort along with the presence of U.S. military.

 I.       What appears to be the most common informational basis for statements issued, press releases, reports, etc.? most of the information from this agency is to promote awareness about what goes on the borders with the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

 J.       Any publications? (what types, sample titles; if online, give links) The Tombstone tumbleweed has a weekly column called borderline politics

 K.    Give at least one citation of this agency in a newspaper article (preferably an Arizona newspaper). Use a citation index to research this e.g., Lexis Nexis, available from the Migration Course Web Page made by the Fletcher Library:  Provide a quote from the article that gives a good idea of this agency’s perspective on im/migration.  Note: not a quote from agency’s own web site.

 L.     Other issues of interest? Saving the lives of those who try to enter the U.S. illegally by proving aide to them.

 M.   Is the agency noticeably pro or con immigration? (you may need to determine this from readings its position papers, press releases, news reports, etc), This particular agency is against illegal  immigration.

 N.    Web site? Give URL:

 Reminder: Do not simply copy the agency’s own words. Instead, give synopsis based on your research. If you have trouble locating information about your agency, contact Dr K for help!



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