The Iowa Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is bringing its message against illegal immigration to the area for the first time.
The Minutemen will field a team to speak to the public at the American Legion Community Center in Sioux Rapids Saturday at 6 p.m.
The organization's mission statement says that it is dedicated to "see the borders and coastal boundaries of the United States secured against the unlawful and unauthorized entry of all individuals, contraband, and foreign military. We will employ all means of civil protest, demonstration, and political lobbying to accomplish this goal."
The American Legion, a veterans and auxiliary organization normally involved in working for veteran issues, recently issued a highly-publicized policy paper urging enforcement against illegal immigration, local spokesperson Normal Halverson said, which is why the local Legion has agreed to provide their facility for the forum.
Craig N. Halverson, director of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps in the state, is expected to speak in Sioux Rapids, along with American Legion Commander Ron Duncan from Dickinson County.
According to their web site, the Minutemen's closest chapter to Buena Vista County is currently based out of Cherokee.
They say that they are encouraging all interested persons to attend "to hear the facts on how illegal immigration is impacting each and every one of us."