The founder of the citizen group Minuteman Civil Defense Corps challenged the Bush administration to follow up its expressed concern about terror threats by taking action on border security.

“While officials are talking, Minutemen are acting,” said Chris Simcox. “They need to put our money where their mouth is, and start doing something about our borders.”

The leader of the volunteer group was responding to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff’s warning of the imminent threat of acts of domestic nuclear terrorism in the United States.

Pointing to the London bombings, Chertoff said, “We can’t let what happened two or three weeks ago beguile our concerns about what could happen in the future.”

Last month WND and its sister publication, Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, reported increasing evidence suggests al-Qaida not only has nuclear weapons in its arsenal, but has smuggled them into the U.S. along with thousands of sleeper operatives.

Noting that Minutemen have helped prevent thousands of people from entering the United States illegally, Simcox commented, “Now, when we need substantive action the most, federal officials issue only warnings.”

But he praised the efforts of the U.S. Border Patrol agents on the “front lines.”

“They are working very well with Minutemen to curb illegal immigration,” he said.

The work being done, however, is “just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

With more than 60,000 illegal crossings per month, “the problem is well out of hand.”

Simcox said Minutemen are capturing illegal immigrants in double-digit numbers along one small stretch of the border.

“There is no way to realistically state how many people get through nationwide due to the fact that the Border Patrol is grossly undermanned,” he said. “It is frightening to think that just one terrorist hiding among thousands of illegal immigrants who come across the border each day could easily carry chemical, biological or even nuclear materials into the U.S. At this point, it’s not a question of ‘if’ but of ‘when.'”

Last weekend, Minutemen aided Border Patrol in the capture and arrest of 21 illegal aliens attempting to cross into the United States.

The group claims it has prevented more than 60,000 cases of illegal immigration – at least 20 percent of whom had criminal records. – the combined effort of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and the Minuteman Project – has now established more than 25 Minuteman chapters along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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