Tuesday, February 27, 2007


SAN DIEGO, CA. Photographer John Monti, was violently attacked and robbed on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 11am on Rancho Penasquitos Blvd. under the Route 56 overpass where dozens of day laborers gather each morning to illegally solicit work. He had been taking pictures of the day laborers to show how employers illegally employing them perpetuate a large camp of illegal squatters between Rancho Penasquitos Blvd and Black Mountain Rd. on Route 56.
A witness said 8 men jumped Monti from behind, knocked him to the ground, stole his camera and cell phone, and attempted to get away. Monti chased down the migrants who took his gear and a fight ensued. Monti was able to recover his camera and phone. Police responded and are now looking for 8 suspects for assault, battery, and robbery. SDPD’s Northern Division is investigating this attack as a hate crime and can provide more details of the attack. Two local news crews also stopped by soon after to interview a bloodied Mr. Monti.
The San Diego Minutemen have seen a drastic increase in violence among day laborers, most of whom are illegal immigrants. This is the third documented attack in San Diego County in the past two months. SDMM urgently calls on Mike Unzueta, head of ICE in San Diego to immediately resume sweeps of these public sites to remove dangerous criminals that are hiding in plain sight and terrorizing citizens all over San Diego County.
“The increase in hate crimes in San Diego County by illegal immigrants against American citizens over the past few months is alarming. The federal government must take immediate action to enforce immigration laws against criminals that are in the United States illegally”, stated Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen.

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