A city councilman from Santa Fe, N.M., today disputed a news story reporting that he wants to bring the Minuteman Project, the citizen border-patrol effort in Arizona, to New Mexico.

As WorldNetDaily reported, City Councilman David Pfeffer told the Albuquerque Journal he wants to be personally involved in the volunteer effort to patrol the border for illegal immigrants and smugglers.

“I would be willing to get involved with an effort along New Mexico’s borders,” Pfeffer said, according to the report.

Pfeffer attended a gathering Friday of Minuteman volunteers in Tombstone, Ariz.

The Journal reported Pfeffer said he would “absolutely” be willing to get involved with a New Mexico citizen border-patrol project.

After reportedly receiving heat for the alleged comments, Pfeffer contacted KRQE-TV in Albuquerque to refute the story.

Also, the Journal published a letter to the editor by Pfeffer today contradicting the story.

“The headline and the first three paragraphs are completely false,” Pfeffer wrote in the letter. “The impression conveyed is completely false. The alleged quotations attributed to me in support of this impression are completely false.”

The paper says it stands by its reporting and has checked the reporter’s notes to verify the story’s accuracy.

“Journal Santa Fe/North editor Mark Oswald said that after hearing about Pfeffer’s complaints, he checked the notes of the reporter who interviewed the city councilor,” the Albuquerque Journal states. “The notes support the story we published.”

While Pfeffer told KRQE he supports securing the border between the U.S. and Mexico and appreciates the Minutemen raising issues about illegal immigration, his goal in traveling to Arizona was to observe the project and not ask the volunteers to come to New Mexico.

In its second day of operations, the volunteer Minuteman Project claimed to have aided the Border Patrol in the apprehension of 141 illegal aliens along the Arizona border and deterred many more from attempting to cross from Mexico.

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