Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, at border rally yesterday (WND photo)

Releasing an unanswered letter to President Bush, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, spoke to a rally at the Mexican border yesterday to kick off a new campaign by the Minuteman Project called “Operation Sovereignty.”

King told a crowd in Laredo, Texas, he is frustrated the president has failed to answer his letter.

“I called the White House for two and a half months asking for an answer to this letter,” the congressman said. “Two weeks ago, I told the White House that if you can’t or won’t answer this letter, then I will do so today. That’s what I am doing right now, here in Laredo, Texas, with Jim Gilchrist and the Minuteman Project.

King’s June 23 letter calls for Bush to answer five specific questions:

  1. Is there such a thing as too much immigration?

  2. If so, how much is too much? Too much legal? Too much illegal.

  3. How many people do you believe would be given legal status in the U.S. over the next twenty years if S.2611 were signed into law?

  4. Would you agree to an annual cap on the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S.?

  5. If the federal government cannot stop the illegal immigration of individuals who work illegally in the United States how o you propose we stop $65 billion worth of illegal drugs entering our country every year?

Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, who also spoke at the rally, was equally critical of the Bush administration on the anniversary.

“The Bush administration must remember that 9/11 is a day to take action,” he said. “On this day, five years ago, I decided to come forward to secure our borders so another 9/11 could never happen. Five years later, the Bush administration has done nothing to prevent the thousands of drug dealers, criminals and terrorists from entering the U.S. illegally across our wide open border with Mexico.”

Jim Gilchrist at Laredo, Texas, rally yesterday (WND photo)

The Minuteman Project’s Operation Sovereignty is a civilian border patrol action scheduled to run until election day in November.

“We picked Laredo, Texas, because a drug war is raging across from Nuevo Laredo,” Gilchrist told WND. “Laredo is on the front lines of war we are fighting against the illegal immigration invasion coming across from Mexico.”

Operation Sovereignty expects to draw hundreds of Minutemen volunteers to the Texas border around Laredo over the next two months.

“We want to demonstrate once again,” Gilchrist told the kickoff rally, “that observation and reporting by civilian patrols is enough to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders.”

The complete text of King’s letter to Bush, as released to WND, pressed the White House to enforce existing immigration laws:

The foundation of your immigration plan is based on the promise of enforcement. Americans have seen only a diminishing enforcement effort for at least twenty years. Neither they, nor I, are willing to accept a proposal based on an empty promise. If border security and domestic enforcement cannot be achieved, there is no way we can stop or even slow down the $65 billion in illegal drugs that enter our country annually across our southern border.

King’s letter concluded by emphasizing the importance of stopping illegal immigration: “The destiny of our nation hangs in our balance.”

Among 3,000 flags placed near Mexican border yesterday (WND photo)

Earlier this month, King hosted House Judiciary Committee immigration hearings held in Dubuque, Iowa.

Glenn Spencer of the border-watch group American Patrol arrived early at the site of the Laredo rally to tie 3,000 memorial flags on trees and bushes at the rally’s site to commemorate 9/11.

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