Activist-turned-candidate Connie Foust is running for Assembly District 19. She has a strong background in U.S./Mexico border control issues and believes that if the border is secure, Nevada will be, too.
Foust became a member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) in 2005 and was eventually named the National Director of Border Operations for the Corps. At the time, she ran border operations in Altar Valley, located south of Tucson; Bisbee, Arizona; Mission, Texas; and Campo, California.
The purpose of these border operations was to educate the American people on the dangers associated with the border crossings of undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. from many countries, some of whom were involved in drug trafficking, gun-running, and other illegal activities.
While Foust was director, there were 8,000 members of the MCDC under her supervision; all of whom she personally vetted. These people helped to fund operations, and many stood at the border to raise awareness. Her work as the national director of MCDC earned her the Eagle Award, which is the organization’s most prestigious honor.
Even though she is no longer a part of MCDC, she has not stopped her crusade at the border. Known as one of the “Border Grannies,” she has continued to fight for the protection of the U.S. border. She also continues to educate as many as she can on control of the border and its surrounding issues.
Foust and her friend, Carmen Mercer, formed the “Granny Brigade,” and spent eight months patrolling the 50 km border between Arizona and Mexico in 2005. Make no mistake – these grandmothers were armed. Their Minutemen were called ruthless hunters by Mexican President Vincente Fox and vigilantes by George Bush as part of the leaders’ attempts to diminish the work of these great patriots as they carried the message of border security to the American people.
On Dec. 14, 2015, Foust was one of the speakers at the Center for Security Policy’s (CSP) National Security Action Summit, organized by Frank Gaffney in Las Vegas. This mini-summit preceded the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, which occurred the following night and successfully drew in candidates. Presidential candidates Rick Santorum attended in person, while Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina attended via recorded message. Other speakers included Herman Cain and Ambassador John Bolton, former secretary to the United Nations under George W. Bush.
During the summit, Gaffney introduced Border Granny Foust, who explained that she is now involved with an Arizona-based volunteer program called Project Bluelight. Joe Adams, who was previously a CIA operative, ran the border protection project. Foust described the volunteers of Project Bluelight as American patriots unlike any others. She stated that members have helped the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Border Patrol, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehend over 10,000 people, seize more than 200 loads of narcotics, uncover over 25 sets of human remains, and rescue hundreds in distress. Her duties with Project Bluelight do not take her to the border anymore, but she helps with mapping as well as in getting news and videos out to the public.
Foust states that her mission is not about those crossing the border to work toward a better life, but rather, it is about maintaining a secure border that enables Americans to live safely. She gave detailed accounts of watching Middle Eastern, bearded men dressed in camo cross 30 miles inside the border south of Tucson. Foust indicated she has video confirmation of these accounts.
In the time that Foust served as MCDC’s Director of Border Operations, she never lost sight of the fact that this was about DHS, prosperity, and the rule of law. She wants it to be clear that it was never about singling out an individual nationality.
Foust recounts these incidents to show how she will stand firm for her country. As an activist turned candidate, Foust has already been on the border protecting the nation and promises to do no less as a member of the Assembly for District 19. The following video is her account of her border patrol history, as told at the CSP.
Endorsed by Jeanette Smith
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