Here’s what’s being reported on tomorrows Minuteman Project in Arizona.
Hundreds Prepared To Patrol U.S.-Mexico Border
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. (AP) — An organizer of a project aimed at using volunteers to patrol Arizona’s Mexican border for illegal immigrants now says about 450 people are ready to take part. But he’s not saying how many have registered or taken part in orientation.
Organizers say the organizers will fan out across 23 miles of the border region to look for any illegal activity — which they’ll then report to federal agents.
There are fears among law enforcement authorities and others that the exercise could lead to vigilante violence. Some of the volunteers plan to be armed.
Across the border, dozens of Mexican officials are going to keep an eye on what the American anti-immigration activists are up to. Mexican officials say they want to make sure the rights of Mexican migrants are respected.
About 70 Mexican officials will keep tabs on the so-called Minuteman volunteers by interviewing migrants and asking U.S. authorities for regular reports, to find out whether any migrants have been abused.
Officials in Mexico say a migrant rescue group will have 20 agents in the area to alert migrants about the activists.The first three paragraphs give a thumbnail sketch of what the Minuteman Project organizers hope to accomplish. Not mentioned is the fact that the ACLU has mobilized to watch the watchers, and protect the civil rights of the illegal aliens coming across the border. On the American side of the border it sound like it’s going to be Gringo-city.
The second three paragraphs deal with the Mexican governments response to the Minuteman Project. The striking thing about their response is that they appear to have no intention of stopping “migrants” from making illegal border crossings. They’re watching the watchers watch the watched.
Finally, what the story misses entirely is that border crossing is big business in Mexico not some mom-and-pop operation. The smugglers who get people across the border for a living are not idiots – they have TV’s, know what’s happening on the US side of the border, and they have cars. Isn’t the most likely scenario that they take their clients (those who are being smuggled into the US) a few miles farther down the road, outside the 23 mile zone the Minuteman Project (and everyone else) is monitoring? It’s a 500 mile border. All you have to do is go a few miles out the way to avoid the media circus…