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Minuteman Member Resigns From KC Board
« on: January 22, 2008, 05:32:03 PM »
You mean, someone was worried because La Raza, a group of illegal immigrants that advocates taking over part of the United States was cancelling their convention. Isn't that the whole point, trying to get illegal immigrants to leave?


Minuteman Member Resigns From KC Board
Jan 22 06:10 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer        
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A city parks board appointee has resigned after her controversial membership in an anti-illegal immigration group led two organizations to take their annual conventions elsewhere.

Frances Semler, 74, a member of the Arizona-based Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, said Tuesday that she resigned because her involvement with the parks board had become too contentious and she did not feel that Mayor Mark Funkhouser supported her.

"I feel betrayed," she said. "From time to time they would say good things, but from time to time there would be something hurtful. ... But it all piles up."

Funkhouser said he was disappointed with Semler's resignation.

"She says she didn't feel supported. I think the record shows differently," Funkhouser said in a brief statement.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Semler defended her involvement in the group, which advocates vigilante patrolling of the Mexican border and reports illegal immigrants to authorities. She has been a member since 2006.

"I'm a decent, nice person that happens to belong to the Minutemen and thinks our borders should be protected and our laws upheld," Semler said.

Semler said she would continue her involvement with the Minutemen but would not become involved again in city politics.

Funkhouser appointed Semler last summer to the five-member park board, which considers issues such as off-leash dog areas and outdoor party permits.

Her appointment triggered protests from minority advocacy groups, including the National Council of La Raza, which voted in October to cancel plans to hold its 2009 convention in Kansas City because of Semler's membership in the Minutemen.

Last week, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said it also decided to move its convention from Kansas City to New Orleans.

Janet Murguia, president of La Raza, said Tuesday it was "regrettable that the mayor did not act sooner."

Funkhouser spokesman Kendrick Blackwood said the mayor didn't know ahead of time that Semler planned to resign.

Chris Simcox, president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, said Funkhouser "has chosen to play racial politics and cater to the bigotry of the open borders lobby, rather than support his own appointee Frances Semler."