Monday, April 04, 2005

Modern-Day Minutemen

Its a sad day when the U.S. goverment cannot control its own border and the citizens feel obliged to patrol the border.

About 1,200 people, mainly from the Southwest, were expected to attend events including stationing people along the border 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the next 30 days in a type of massive neighborhood-watch program.

Not sure I like this idea. Not the racist profile, or the "gun-toting, nut-job" angle (hell, I fall into the second catagory) but rather the idea that I fear this is a recipe for disaster. Having a bunch of civilians, with little or no training, plodding around in the dark with the heavily armed boarder patrol doesn't sound like a good idea.

Now some are characterizing these "minutemen" as a bunch of racistm red-neck hay-seeds I don't see the idea of trying to stop illeagal immigration as being racist.

Armando Navarro, a University of California-Riverside political science professor and coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights (search), made up mostly of Hispanic activists, had some harsher words for the Minutemen.
"They have advertised nationally for volunteers to come in and enjoy the climate in the hunt against Mexicans. Literally, that's the language that they have used to promote their nativist, racist politics," Navarro charged.


In addition to the political fall-out in the U.S., the "minutemen" have drawn the attention of Latin-American, Al Qaeda allied, gang MS-13.

NACO, Ariz. -- Members of a violent Central America-based gang have been sent to Arizona to target Minuteman Project volunteers, who will begin a monthlong border vigil this weekend to find and report foreigner sneaking into the United States, project officials say.

So, on the one side we have liberal professors calling the minutemen racist, on the other side, armed, terrorist, gang members. If this isn't a bad situtation all around, I am not sure what is.