I have to wonder what the legal ramifications could be as a result of this. Who’s liable if a minutemen gets hurt/killed? Who’s liable if a minuteman hurts/kills a Mexican citizen, or a US citizen (there are human rights groups wanting to go out there to reason with them, in addition to a bunch of lawyers who are also out there keeping an eye on them)?
Jesus Romo, an attorney representing Border Action Network, said the California-based National Alliance for Human Rights wanted to bring in supporters to confront the Minutemen.
"We tried to dissuade them because we don't think it would be a good idea to focus on that kind of behavior," Romo said. "And simply creating a confrontation would be counterproductive for everyone."
Romo said Border Action has advised the NAHR that it would be better for those who oppose the Minutemen to "concentrate on the things we need, which is to file lawsuits, investigate the matter." Find Law
And just maybe, since the minutemen are taking an already stretched-too-thin border patrol’s attention away from other areas so the illegal immigrants can do an end run around this whole farce. And for what? Grabbing a few illegals in the Arizona desert isn’t going to address the problem of illegal immigration.
If The Minutemen were smart, instead of attacking Mexicans, they would protest the root of illegal immigration.
Undocumented workers come to this country because they know someone will hire them based on their willingness to work for cheap. I don't see this minutemen group protesting in the fruit groves of California or Florida. BG News
(And, yeah, I know it’s a student paper, that doesn’t mean the writer doesn’t have a point.)
No doubt, the growing number of illegal immigrants has reached a crisis point, but beefing up border patrol has already proved to be a failure. Those desperate to come across will enter through another location. And those who make it will be less likely to go back, now that they've made it through the obstacle course. SF Chronicle
These are just overgrown boys giving each other code names (Dingo, Sierra, Tango
) and talking tough (copy that, good buddy).
Chris, a 45-year-old engineer from Fountain Valley, Calif., had tied a white handkerchief onto his glasses to deflect the stinging sand. He brought his wife, twin daughters and 15-year-old son here for spring break.
"The way we have been portrayed as a bunch of yahoos and rednecks, no wonder people want to kill us," he said, declining to give his full name. "I came with my family because I thought it would be great for them to see the border situation up close."
His son Alex, retreating inside his hooded sweatshirt to escape the driving sand, nodded weakly. LA Times
Poor kid. Lawdie, lawdie, give me strength.
"My read on it is that it has fizzled," said Tamar Jacoby, an immigration expert at the Manhattan Institute, a public policy think tank. "This project is not going to prove anything. All it will prove is that you can funnel immigration from one place to another." (ibid.)
This is freaky dark comedy.
Not far away, the Minutemen radios were filled with excited chatter about an illegal immigrant in the area. Gilchrist drove up to an outpost, flung open the car door and shouted, "Who saw the illegal aliens?"
A tall Minuteman approached.
"There are no illegals, those are our people," he said.
The "immigrant" was in fact 67-year-old Dave Gessner of Fort Wayne, Ind.
"I was just answering the call of nature," he said sheepishly. "Guess I won't wander off anymore." (ibid.)
But, it's really no laughing matter. Vigilantism should not be endorsed just because it’s a cause one feels to be “right”. That’s taking the law into one’s own hands, and down that road lies chaos.
Edited to add
Bottom line, the Border Patrol isn't capable, and local and Federal law enforcement aren't willing to patrol the entire border. I see nothing wrong with citizens passively augmenting them.......even if it's 18 captured illegals. that's 18 people breaking the law that have been caught. I guess since we can't catch all speeders, burglars or rapists, we shouldn't worry about catching any of them.
By that logic, then the Border Patrol is doing a fine job. They sure as hell catch more illegals than these nimrods.