The Minutemen had state approval to participate in the highway shoulder cleanup program. They were given a spot on Interstate 5. Then Caltrans reassigned them citing safety reasons for the move, saying the controversial group might become a target or otherwise prompt a disturbance along the freeway. The location of the activists' sign near the checkpoint had drawn complaints from guess who, Hispanic groups and their elected stooges.
The Minutemen sued Caltrans, alleging free-speech discrimination.
While the lawsuit is pending, a federal judge last month ordered Caltrans to reinstate the Minutemen's permit to conduct highway shoulder cleanups at the original site.