Beth Baumann, known to many for her first-hand reporting on the Murrieta immigration crisis for Politichicks, shot to prominence as a First Amendment champion after being accused of “failure to comply with the directions of university officials or agents” and “interfering with or disrupting university-sponsored activities” by Northern Arizona University officials in September, 2011. Wanting to commemorate the victims of the World Trade Center terror attack, Beth and two other friends had planned to hand out patriotic memorabilia to passing students outside the school’s student union–until it began to rain. Forced to move inside, they unwittingly exited the school’s free speech zone and campus police were called. The school’s actions; however, resulted in Beth becoming an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech. Currently, Beth’s activism is focused on the border surge, a clear demonstration on how one person can make a difference.
LG: Beth, I think you may be one of our youngest “chicks”. Why did you become a writer for Politichicks?
Beth Baumann: I wanted to write for PolitiChicks because I see a need for young conservative women to know that they aren’t alone in the conservative movement. Women are making a huge impact on the direction of our country and, often times, we are left out of important conversations. I’ve always looked to PolitiChicks as one of the leading outlets for conservative women and felt I could use my political experience – both personal and professional – to help expand the conversation on what conservative women really want and really need.
LG: What compelled you to personally get involved in reporting the transportation of illegal immigrants to Murrieta?
BB: When I initially went to Murrieta, I had no intention of reporting for PolitiChicks. I was going down as a concerned citizen, to voice my disagreement with President Obama and his administration for refusing to address the situation. Because Murrieta is down the road from the town in which I grew up, I felt compelled to help the people of Murrieta by standing against the attempts to transport hundreds of illegal immigrants into their town. I have seen first-hand the ramifications on the economy of a small town after an influx of illegal immigrants occurs. The city I grew up in has been taken over by illegal immigrants. People can rarely find jobs; and if they do, they can find only unskilled, low-paying jobs. I don’t want to see Murrieta suffer the same consequences. Fortunately, Politichicks has given me a platform to publicize the stand that we, the people, are taking.
LG: Why do you believe that there is an escalation in the growing number of illegal immigrants trying (successfully) to cross the border?
BB: I believe the reason there is a surge of illegal immigrants at this time has to do with resources. America is the greatest, most generous nation in the world. When these illegal immigrants come to our country, they are given things like access to welfare programs and the ability to be prosperous. Because the US has yet to address our open borders, these immigrants are coming in large waves. They see their family members receive these benefits without having to pay the price of coming here legally. In a sense, they’re being rewarded for coming to our nation illegally.
LG: Why do you believe there are so many Americans willing to become involved in the “border surge”?
BB: I believe the surge is happening now because the American people are fed up. Our government is continually overstepping their Constitutional bounds with issues like ObamaCare and the IRS scandal. In a lot of ways, this was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”. It took small town Murrieta to demand their voices be heard before the rest of the nation decided to do the same. The immigration fight symbolizes the distaste Americans have with the path our country is on.
LG: Please explain what the Border Convoy is and the anticipated outcome.
BB: The Border Convoy is a collaboration with Murrieta residents, LibertyNews.com, GrassFire.com and The Pete Santilli Show. A core group of us who have been fighting in Murrieta want to take our fight on the road and support other communities that are standing up to the federal government. We’re beginning to see communities, like Oracle, AZ, take charge the same way the concerned citizens of Murrieta did. Our goal is to lend support to these communities–just as support was lent to us. Together, as Americans, we can change the dialogue in Washington and force our representatives to address the crisis at the border.
The Border Convoy Mission Statement:
We are a coalition of citizens who share a deep concern for the invasion currently happening unchecked at our nation’s borders. Our core group of organizers are a part of the Murrieta Border Patrol blockade who now seek to positively impact the immigration dialogue by supporting local communities taking a stand against the federal government. Unlike our federal government,we support the work our Border Patrol Agents have been doing and continue to do. Our coalition calls on Americans to join those already defending the border and help stop government-funded human trafficking. Bringing the spirit of Murrieta with us, we’ll encourage communities to rise up and take a stand against unconstitutional federal incursions. Our initial border convoy will begin in Murrieta, CA on August 1 and head towards Laredo, TX, stopping to support citizen border patrols along the way.
For more information:
www.borderconvoy.com and twitter @borderconvoy