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While hundreds of Americans plan to take part in volunteer patrols of the U.S.-Mexican border next month, they’ll apparently have some company from the American Civil Liberties Union.

According to the Tucson Citizen, the Arizona chapter of the ACLU wants to monitor the activities of those on patrol.

The group is looking to recruit “observers” who will trail the Minuteman members searching for illegal aliens along the border in Cochise County, Ariz.

“We will be there to make sure they’re not abusing anybody’s rights,” the ACLU’s Ray Ybarra told the paper.

He says a team of attorneys will be ready to file civil cases against project participants should any abuses occur.

A team of lawyers will be on hand to file civil cases against Minuteman participants if abuses occur, he said.

Over the next month, the group is planning training sessions for volunteers in Tucson, Douglas and Phoenix.

Some 750 Minutemen are ready to show up in Tombstone to start policing the border and dealing with illegal immigration, and they could encounter some dangerous situations.

As WorldNetDaily reported this week, a leader of the violent, terror-connected Latin American gang Mara Salvatruchas, Ebner Anivel Rivera-Paz, has reportedly issued orders from federal prison to members of his international criminal organization to teach a lesson to the group of Americans taking border control into their own hands.

The Mara Salvatruchas, founded in Los Angeles, has become one of the most violent and widespread gangs throughout South America, the U.S. and even Canada. Many of its members and leaders have been deported from the U.S., but the group is said to be deeply involved in cross-border arms-running and drug-smuggling operations, according to U.S. law enforcement sources.

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