Minuteman Project caravan makes brief stop in Memphis

Monday, members of the Minuteman Project rolled into Memphis for a at the downtown welcome center. The ten-vehicle caravan from the Minuteman Project rolled into Memphis with a message of "no amnesty" for illegal aliens.

"We want to see that these laws that are in existence right now are enforced against both the Americans who illegally hire aliens and the illegal aliens who are coming in," said Penny Magnotto, a Minuteman member who was part of the caravan.

Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, said the government is not doing enough to slow the large number of illegal immigrants moving into the U.S.

"When the U.S. Senate attempts to shove down the throats of 300 million Americans either an outright amnesty or a veiled de facto amnesty what they are doing is inviting 120 to 150 million aliens to come into the U.S. over the next 20 years," he said.

Tennessee State Troopers were present at the event to keep the peace, and although there were no incidents, Jacob Flowers of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center said the two sides on the issue were very far apart.

"I think anybody in the county should be given amnesty," Flowers said, "considering what this country has done to these economies of Mexico and Central America."

As quickly as the caravan arrived at the welcome center, the Minutemen had to leave, after state troopers discovered the group did not have a permit for the rally.