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Border volunteers take up positions in Arizona and watch for intruders

NACO, Ariz. (AP)_The Border Patrol says citizen volunteers covering part of the Arizona border with Mexico may be doing more harm than good.

The citizens call themselves "Minutemen" and say they're there to guard the country from illegal immigrants and smugglers. Yesterday was their first full day on patrol.

Border officials say while the citizens were mostly peaceful, some were unwittingly tripping sensors that alert the authorized patrols to intruders.

A spokesman says they now have to watch for "untrained civilians who are unfamiliar with the landscape" along with illegal aliens and smugglers.

The volunteers plan to watch the border in shifts 24 hours a day during April and report any illegal activity to federal agents.

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