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Kick ’Em Out and
Keep ’Em Out
Meet Rosanna Pulido, the face of
the Minuteman Project in Illinois.                                                                         By Zak Mucha

                                                                                                                   n January 29 a dozen members of the Illinois
                                                                                                                   Minuteman Project marched in the drizzling
                                                                                                                   rain down Keller Road in Waukegan toward a
                                                                                                           grassy area the police had cordoned off for them
                                                                                                           across the street from Holy Family Parish. Two weeks
                                                                                                           earlier members of the church had met with village
                                                                                                           officials to protest a crackdown on drivers who didn’t
                                                                                                           have licenses, many of whom were Hispanic. Now
                                                                                                           the Minutemen were holding a counterprotest. They
                                                                                                           carried signs that read COME LEGALLY, WORK
                                                                                                           LEGALLY, DRIVE LEGALLY, and AMERICANS ARE
                                                                                                           THREATENED. WHY? They waved American flags,
                                                                                                           Spirit of ’76 flags, and Gadsden flags, with the coiled
                                                                                                           rattlesnake warning DON’ T TREAD ON ME.
                                                                                                              When the marchers joined the other Minutemen in
                                                                                                           the grassy area they formed a crowd of 50 to 60 peo-
                                                                                                           ple, a third of them women. In the middle stood a
                                                                                                           Hispanic woman, Rosanna Pulido, wearing a floppy
                                                                                                           Uncle Sam hat and holding a poster that read IF YOU
                                                                                                           CAN’ T PAY THE FINE, DON’ T DO THE CRIME.
                                                                                                              Pulido founded the Illinois Minuteman Project at
                                                                                                           the end of last summer as a chapter of the
                                                                                                           Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a national organiza-
                                                                                                           tion started in 2004 by Chris Simcox and Jim
                                                                                                           Gilderist, who thought President Bush and his
                                                                                                           administration weren’t doing enough to keep drugs,
                                                                                                           criminals, illegal immigrants, and terrorists from
                                                                                                           crossing the border. “We just want people to respect
                                                                                                           the law, no matter their ethnicity,” Pulido says. “This
                                                                                                           isn’t about race. It’s about defending citizens who are
                                                                                                           here. We want the people of Illinois to be outraged
                                                                                                           enough that they get off their couches and take back
                                                                                                           their state.”
                                                                                                              A white van slowed down, and the passenger yelled at
                                                                                                           the protesters, “You can get your ass kicked like that!”
                                                                                                              “C’mon and do it, then!” one man yelled back.
                                                                                               ZAK MUCHA

                                                                                                           “We’re right here!”
                                                                                                              The van pulled away, the passenger’s middle
Rosanna Pulido                                                                                             finger raised.

                                                                                                           P   ulido, who lives in Rockford and has a job pro-
                                                                                                               viding transportation for the elderly, is the
                                                                                                           daughter of two Americans of Mexican descent, both
                                                                                                           born in the U.S. “My dad grew up a long time in
                                                                                                           Mexico,” she says. “He’s got tons of half brothers. His
                                                                                                           father married four times, so there’s probably 13 kids
                                                                                                           in his family.” He bounced back and forth between
                                                                                                           the U.S. and Mexico until he married.
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   Now 49, Pulido was born and
raised near Wrigley Field. “It was
very middle-class,” she says, and
very different from what her par-
ents had known. “My mother
would tell me how she grew up
in Texas and she’d get off the
sidewalk to let the whites walk
by,” she says. “My dad didn’t
want us to learn Spanish,
because he had a hard time hav-
ing a strong accent. My dad’s
thing was always, ‘You’re in
America—learn English.’”
   Pulido went to work for Illinois
Bell right after high school and
stayed with the company for 20
years. “At one point they sent me
to school to learn to be an auto
mechanic,” she says, then laughs.
“I think I was part of a quota. I
was working on big trucks. I
didn’t mind it, but after a certain
point you can’t get all that black
gunk off your hands. I hate to say
it, but it really is a man’s work.”
   In 1988 she and other mem-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MIKE THEILER/EPA/CORBIS (SIMCOX), ZAK MUCHA (ILLINOIS), SCOTT OLSON/GETTY IMAGES (ARIZONA)
bers of the Philadelphia Church
on North Clark went to Mexico
with the Calvary Missionary
Institute. She stayed for a year. “I
was a missionary,” she says. “I
lived in garbage dumps. I was
working as a teacher. I was cook-
ing, cleaning—I did whatever
was needed by those families.”
   After she returned Pulido
worked as a purchasing coordi-
nator for the Victor C. Neumann
Association, which serves the
disabled, then in 2001 got a job
as a dispatcher for the
Northfield police department.
She says it was there that she
first saw the impact illegal
immigrants could have on com-
munities. “It really opened my              Clockwise from top left: Minuteman Civil Defense Corps cofounder Chris Simcox, members of the Illinois group, a volunteer in Arizona last April
eyes as to how many illegals
were running around with no                 500,000 live in Illinois. The cen-         than 31,000 jobs and adds $5.45            says more than 120,000 people              all statewide. So Rick is focusing
license, no insurance—and were              ter also estimates that 80 percent         billion to the annual gross                now volunteer with or support              on local issues. My goal is to
getting away with it,” she says.            of these immigrants are from               regional product. No one’s sure            the Minutemen nationwide.                  organize the whole state into a
“I’ve had people who were in car            Mexico or other Latin American             how all the costs and payments                In Arizona Pulido hooked up             political action committee.”
accidents, and the driver of the            countries, and a 2004 study by             ultimately balance out, but                with a Chicagoan she knew from             Anyone who wants to join simply
other vehicle—when they got out             Roosevelt University’s Institute           Pulido doesn’t care. “The laws             a chat room: Rick Biesada, an              fills out the online application
they could tell they were                   for Metropolitan Affairs found             are there for a reason,” she says.         ex-marine, operator of a trucking          and sends in a $10 donation.
Hispanic—would just run down                that 92 percent of recent                  “We’re a generous country, but             company, and author of the self-           Pulido says 450 people have
the street and leave the scene.             Mexican immigrants in the                  we can’t help everybody.”                  published memoir Angry White               signed up so far.
I’ve seen it too many times.”               workforce were undocumented.                 Pulido read about the                    Male and the Horse He Rode in                 In October the Illinois
   Pulido was badly shaken by               Obviously many of these people             Minuteman Civil Defense Corps              On. After the two came back they           Minuteman Project held an
9/11 and the subsequent home-               are using services provided by             on the Internet in early 2005.             started their own Minuteman                inaugural meeting in Arlington
land-security threats, and she              governments and government-                She was irritated to learn that            chapter. As Pulido explains it,            Heights, where they were met by
                                                                                                                                  illegal immigrants in Illinois cre-        some 200 vocal protesters, five of
Pulido always expected to be harassed. She didn’t                                                                                 ate the same problems as the
                                                                                                                                  ones in Arizona.
                                                                                                                                                                             whom were later arrested. They
                                                                                                                                                                             had three more meetings and
expect to be attacked because of her heritage.                                                                                       The Chicago Minuteman
                                                                                                                                  Project began last summer by
                                                                                                                                                                             rallies last fall, including one at a
                                                                                                                                                                             veterans’ hall in Elgin, and ran
grew increasingly angry about               funded agencies, and the                   Bush had called for an additional          collaborating with the Indiana             into protesters each time. Pulido
illegal immigrants who broke the            Minutemen cite research from               2,000 border guards a year but             Minutemen, protesting home                 says that in Arlington Heights
law, especially when they used              the Center for Immigration                 that the money appropriated                loans that banks in Lake                   the protesters “were calling us
services—schools, hospitals—                Studies showing that services              wouldn’t pay for nearly that               Calumet offered illegal immi-              racists. Because of that kind of
that had been paid for and set up           provided to undocumented                   many. (The 2006 budget pays for            grants but not citizens. At the            thing, we have to hold ourselves
for citizens. “VA hospitals are             immigrants in Illinois cost the            210.) “There are men and women             end of the summer Pulido and               to a higher standard of behavior.
closing and cutting back across             state $150 billion in 1994. But            in Iraq and Afghanistan that are           Biesada decided to split the               The most important part of
the country,” she says. “These              many of them also work and pay             fighting a war, so it’s up to civil-       group into two chapters. Biesada           being a Minuteman is following
people built our country. Now               taxes. According to the New York           ians to do our part in protecting          stayed with the Chicago                    the standard operating proce-
they’re getting old and gray, and           Times, illegal immigrants gener-           our borders and homeland secu-             Minuteman Project; its members             dures. I hate to say it, but we’ve
they need a little help. But we             ate as much as $7 billion a year           rity,” she says. “Our government           were last seen in late February            had to ask people to leave meet-
have politicians that would                 in social security taxes alone,            is not doing the job.” Last April          outside the Mexican consulate,             ings. Our people cannot be pro-
rather give the money to illegals.”         money they’re unlikely to ever             she spent four days working with           protesting the help Mexican offi-          voked by name-calling. If they
   According to the PEW                     collect under current laws. A              the Arizona Minutemen on a                 cials give undocumented immi-              can’t act civilly we can’t have
Hispanic Center, an arm of the              2002 report by the Center for              monthlong patrol of a 23-mile              grants. Pulido started the Illinois        them. If they can’t behave appro-
PEW Research Center, an esti-               Urban Economic Development                 section of their state’s border.           Minuteman Project. “We were                priately they can go start their
mated 11 million undocumented               at UIC found that around 70                The patrol attracted media atten-          too eager when we got back from            own group.” Among the items
immigrants now live in the U.S.,            percent pay taxes and that                 tion and a lot of new members to           Arizona,” she says. “We started            listed under “standard operating
a 30 percent increase since                 spending by illegal workers in             the Minuteman groups; Connie               the Chicago group and then real-           procedure” on the Minuteman
2000; between 400,000 and                   the Chicago area generates more            Hair of the national organization          ized that the other projects were          continued on page 22


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Civil Defense Corps Web site are
“Minutemen do not respond to
any taunts or harassment from
outside agitators” and
“Minutemen are courteous to
everyone with whom they come
into contact.” The site also states
that Minutemen “never discrimi-
nate against anyone for any rea-
son. . . . There is no tolerance
among Minutemen for racism or
bigotry.” Simcox has clashed with
new groups that use the
Minuteman name but refuse to
abide by the rules. Yet according
to the Southern Poverty Law
Center, three years ago he told a
hard-line anti-immigrant group
in California that illegal immi-
grants were “trashing their
neighborhoods, refusing to
assimilate, standing on street
corners jeering at little girls
walking on their way to school.”
   Pulido always expected to be
harassed. She didn’t expect to be
attacked because of her heritage.
“I felt like I had to take leader-
ship on this particular issue
because I am of Mexican descent,
but it’s proved to be a joke,” she
says. “I’ve been interviewed by
Spanish newspapers and TV, and
they’ve said to me, ‘Why are you
betraying the Mexican people?’
And they call me a racist. It’s not
about race. It’s about American
sovereignty, it’s about enforcing
the laws on the books.”

P    ulido, who says she talks to
     Simcox at least once a week,

                                                                                                                                                                                                             JOEFF DAVIS
sees her main role as that of a
community organizer. “What I
really love to do is meet with              Protesters protesting the Minutemen protest in Arlington Heights in October
communities, talk to them, see
what their needs are,” she says. “I         Mexico’s matricula consular a             along the length of the Mexican        a recent conference at Navy Pier          light vigil outside the veterans’
help get them started, and then             legal form of identification for          border; and make it a felony for       held by the Illinois Coalition for        hall where they had their meet-
they’re on their own.” She says             undocumented immigrants who               anyone—even relatives, teachers,       Immigrant and Refugee Rights,             ing. We were invited by residents
local chapters are now organiz-             want to do such things as open a          clergy, social workers, or             an umbrella organization repre-           in that community to come join
ing in Fox Valley, Lake County,             bank account. “We were follow-            lawyers—to help an undocu-             senting more than 70 church and           them in prayer. We said prayers
Elgin, and Rock Island.                     ing him around Chicago, and we            mented immigrant.                      community groups, union locals,           and went home.” He adds that
  She says she has two goals for            were handing out his voting                  Pulido says the bill is weak, but   and school districts. “I feel             other groups that weren’t praying
her group. First is building a              record,” says Pulido. “When peo-          she’s willing to support it until      they’re not being truthful with           were holding their own protest
power base through the local                ple who in the first place liked          something stronger is proposed.        what they want to do. Their               outside the hall. The Elgin police
chapters, which can pressure                Rauschenberger saw his voting             “If you have a leak in the sink and    vision is to build a political force.     reported that one protester was
politicians to crack down on ille-          record they were disgusted he             you keep mopping the floor, you’re     They’re not just bringing these           briefly held and then released.
gal immigrants. As she points               voted to give [college] tuition to        not fixing the leak,” she says. “All   people here to have better lives.
out, the current U.S. code states
that any person who “knowing or
in reckless disregard of the fact
                                            illegals and was pushing for dri-
                                            ver’s licenses for illegals.”
                                               Plenty of politicians have taken
                                                                                      anyone is doing here is mopping
                                                                                      the floor. Our borders need to be
                                                                                      sealed.” That’s why she’s con-
                                                                                                                             They’re going to push to get
                                                                                                                             those people their licenses and
                                                                                                                             then motor-voter registrations,
                                                                                                                                                                       C   ommander Mark Stevenson
                                                                                                                                                                           of the Waukegan police
                                                                                                                                                                       department says the January
that an alien has come to,                  note of the increasingly emotion-         temptuous of the Senate bill           which is going to change our              protests and counterprotests in
entered, or remains in the United           al debate over illegal immi-              sponsored by John McCain and           whole process of elections. That          his city “started with the
States in violation of law, con-            grants—according to a Pew                 Ted Kennedy, which would allow         doesn’t sound to me like people           Waukegan seizure law, which a
ceals, harbors, or shields from             Research survey last November,            foreign nationals to get temporary     who just want to do the jobs              lot of Latinos in the community
detection, or attempts to conceal,          more than half of Americans               visas and allow people who are         Americans don’t want to do.               feel is targeting them.” The law,
harbor, or shield from detection,           think illegal immigration should          already here illegally to become       They have a whole agenda. I               passed in 2002, states that driv-
such alien . . . shall be punished.”        be a top national priority. The           legal through a long process that      believe they are trying to take           ers pulled over without a license
Violators can be fined and                  Sensenbrenner “Border Security”           involves paying penalties. “Passing    over Illinois, I really do.”              will have their car impounded.
imprisoned for up to 20 years.              Bill (HR 4437) was introduced             the McCain bill would be selling         She also believes some of these         The car can be retrieved if a $500
  Her second goal is driving                in December by House Speaker              out the American worker,               organizations are trying to prevent       fine, a $150 towing fee, and a
politicians found “aiding and               Dennis Hastert and approved               American sovereignty,” she says.       the Minutemen from getting their          $25-per-day storage fee are paid
abetting illegal immigrants” out            ten days later by a vote of 239 to        “It would really be a violation of     message out. “We have the ICIRR           within 30 days. “If a person can’t
of office or preventing them from           182. Despite the harsh measures           their oath of office to protect        following us around, as well as           pay the fines,” says Stevenson,
getting in. “They’re going to               it contains, 36 Democrats voted           America from foreign invaders.”        anarchists and communists who             “they end up losing their car.”
know that we’re not giving them             for it, including Melissa Bean,              Pulido says she saw why people      join in with them and try to ter-            Father Gary Graf, the pastor at
a pass,” she says. “Our biggest             Jerry Costello, and Daniel                want to come to the U.S. when          rorize and intimidate anyone who          Holy Family Parish for 11 years,
targets are [Republican guber-              Lipinski. Among many other                she was in Mexico: “I understand       wants to come and join our meet-          wanted to start a dialogue on how
natorial candidate] Bill Brady              things, the bill would make being         these people want a better life,       ings,” she says. “It’s interesting that   the law affected Hispanics, and on
and Steve Rauschenberger.” Last             in the U.S. illegally a felony;           but there are ways to help them        they want to stop us from having          January 16 Waukegan officials
summer she and the Chicago                  authorize local police, not just          not by opening our borders.” She       our First Amendment rights.               met with him and 500 city resi-
Minuteman Project went after                federal authorities, to enforce           says she’s listened to what organ-     Joshua Hoyt sends his henchmen            dents, most of them Hispanic,
Rauschenberger, a Republican                immigration laws; require                 izations that work on behalf of        in to try and scare us.”                  many of them parishioners. When
state senator and former candi-             employers to verify the social            immigrants have to say. “I’ve            “That’s absurd,” says Hoyt, the         Graf asked how many people in
date for governor who supported             security numbers of all employ-           been to several pro-illegal-alien      ICIRR’s executive director. “At           the audience didn’t have a driver’s
making foreign ID cards such as             ees; authorize building a barrier         conventions,” she says, including      the Elgin event we had a candle-          license nearly 200 stood up.
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   A Waukegan member of the          protecting people who are here         have siblings who are citizens.      and as the clock ran out the            now Pulido picked up one of the
Illinois Minuteman Project told      illegally, but, he said, “I can only   How can you tell someone who’s       Minutemen stood together for a          coffee cartons and headed for
Pulido about the meeting, and        meet my parishioners where they        been here—brought by their par-      couple of group pictures. It was        the parking lot.
she immediately applied for a        are, and I am not going to try to      ents when they were babies—          still raining. They were drenched,         Pulido and Graf met the follow-
demonstration permit for Sunday      get someone deported. I’m trying       that this isn’t their home?”         and their shoes were thick with         ing weekend, along with a Catholic
morning, January 29, saying her      to work with the people who God           Phil Hayes from Fox News was      mud. The police were scattered          supporter of the Minutemen, a
group wanted to show it support-     has placed me before. If that          looking for someone to interview,    along the road or huddled under         deacon of the church, and a city
ed the police for enforcing the      means I’m aiding and abetting,         and Gutman said he could inter-      the awning of a mobile unit.            administrator. “The meeting
law. “People shouldn’t be allowed    well, I don’t accept that term.”       view one of the students as long        A little after 11:30 Father Graf     started off a little rough,” says
to break the law [even] to go to        Charles Gutman, an ESL              as he didn’t use a surname.          walked out of the church and            Graf. “But it got better.”
church,” she says.                   teacher at Waukegan High               Hayes agreed, then pushed his        crossed the street to talk to Pulido.      Pulido told Graf he was wrong
   Stevenson says he wasn’t          School who volunteers with the         microphone in one boy’s face. “So    “Some of your parishioners were         to suggest that the seizure law be
expecting trouble, but 30 offi-      ICIRR, stood outside the church        why are you the spokesperson         cursing and giving our people the       changed. “I understand her con-
cers, three mounted police, and a    with a few of his students, some       here?” he asked. “You’re only 16.    finger,” she told him. “There was       cerns,” Graf said afterward. “I
K9 crew waited near the area set     of whom were in the U.S. illegal-      What’s the problem?”                 some very crude words used, and I       think she is under the impression
aside for the protest across from    ly. “I’m not naive,” he said. “I          The boy started to answer, but    just want you to know.”                 that I was going out of my way to
Holy Family. Parishioners set up     understand there are issues            Hayes interrupted. “So where are        “That is unacceptable,” Graf         break the laws and be disrespect-
folding tables next to the cor-      about wages and taxes, but this is     your parents?” he said.              said. “I apologize. I don’t know        ful to the police, when that’s not
doned-off area and set out car-      a matter of restoring some sort of        “They’re working.”                who did that, but I will bring this     the case. The situation is unfair
tons of coffee and boxes of          sanity to the immigration sys-            “Are you a legal citizen?”        up when we all talk.” He shook          to everyone. This country always
doughnuts for the Minutemen.         tem. We know it’s broken, but             The boy mumbled that he’d         his head. “What I would like to         has to make adjustments. It’s not
   Graf, who was born and raised     closing the borders is not a solu-     lived here since he was two years    do is invite you and whoever else       ideal, but that’s the situation.”
on Chicago’s south side and          tion.” He was dismayed that the        old, that he wanted to go to col-    you wish to come inside, and we            “I don’t get how he can recon-
worked for five years in Mexico,     Minutemen, few of whom were            lege and make something of           should dialogue about this. I           cile what he’s doing with scrip-
had asked his parishioners not to    from Waukegan, were holding            himself, that there was a 15-year    would like to find a solution.”         ture,” Pulido said later. “Romans
confront the protesters, but some    their protest across the street.       wait and if his parents had wait-       “I would too,” said Pulido. “But     13 says to obey the government
swore at them anyway on their        “These are outsiders coming to         ed he didn’t know if he’d be in      I’m cold and wet and muddy. Can         and follow laws as if God had
way to church. “I wish Ms. Pulido    our community and our church           this country at all. “These people   we schedule another time to do it?”     placed them there. I asked him
had come to talk with us before      and telling people they don’t          are not offering any solutions,”        “Of course,” he said, then           that question several times dur-
doing this,” Graf said before        belong here.” He said his stu-         he said. “This is my home.”          suggested that she warm up by           ing the meeting, but he didn’t
going inside to celebrate mass. “I   dents just want what most other           “Do you think it’s right to       drinking some of the coffee the         answer. Maybe he couldn’t—
think we could have at least had a   high school kids want—to get           break the law?” asked Hayes.         parishioners had set out. During        other people who wanted to
talk that would have made this       jobs or go to college. “A lot of our      The boy shrugged, and Hayes       the protest a few Minutemen             argue kept cutting him off.” She
unnecessary.” He knew the            students came here with their          pulled the microphone away.          had quietly taken a few                 paused. “It would have been nice
Minutemen would accuse him of        families,” he said. “A lot of them        The rally permit ended at noon,   doughnuts and some coffee, and          to talk to him alone.” v

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