[JURIST] The leader of the Texas Minuteman Civil Defense Corps [association website; JURIST report], the volunteer illegal immigration patrol, resigned Thursday after accusing members in the city of Goliad of being racist. Bill Parmley had been organizing a plan to uncover illegals in Houston and other Texas areas this October, but was also working to ensure that the Hispanic Goliad community knew the Minutemen were opposed to smuggling illegal aliens into Texas and not against Hispanics in general. Parmley said other members challenged his suggestions and commented about shooting illegal immigrants or letting them thirst to death. The national leader of the Minutemen, Chris Simcox, denied that there were racist members and said while he was disappointed to see Parmley leave, he could be replaced. The Houston Chronicle has more.