June 2, 2005


Border Volunteers Not So Welcomed in Texas (LYNN BREZOSKY, June 2, 2005, The Associated Press)

The controversial civilian patrol group that helped capture hundreds of illegal immigrants along the Mexico-Arizona border and won praise from California's governor is getting a pre-emptive cold shoulder in Texas.

Minuteman Project organizer Chris Simcox warned that if Congress didn't buttress the U.S. Border Patrol with National Guard or other military troops this summer, the patrol would deploy to California in August and Texas in October.

But although Minuteman organizers said nearly 1,000 volunteers from around the country were ready, Texas civil rights groups, clergy, newspaper editorial boards and politicians are folding up the welcome mats. [...]

The Minuteman Project drew international attention in April when volunteers showed up in Arizona to prove the border could be secured simply by putting more personnel there. While they didn't apprehend immigrants, Simcox said the group alerted the Border Patrol to suspicious behavior and helped catch 335 immigrants.

Yet the Texas border differs from the Arizona border in key ways.

Most of the Texas land is privately owned, so Minutemen would need landowners' permission to be there. The border also is overwhelmingly Hispanic and more urban, and Minutemen opponents wonder how the volunteers will distinguish illegal immigrants.

Opponents also fear the movement is fomenting racial hatred.

"I don't think that there's any doubt that there's a tinge of racism beneath the surface in their attempt to try to stop immigrants from Mexico," Hinojosa said. "Why don't they do that in Canada?" [...]

After protesters in California threw rocks and unopened soda cans at police and attendees at a speech by Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist, Simcox called the protesters "brown supremacists."

When we worked on geoseismic crews in Texas many of our co-workers were illegals. When we'd get a rare day off folks would head to Mexican whorehouses if the crew was close enough to the border. The you'd have to smuggle the illegals back in. How are these guys going to stop stuff like that?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 2, 2005 12:03 PM

Well, they could stake out the Mexican whorehouses. I'm sure they wouldn't have trouble finding volunteers for that particular duty.

Posted by: Brandon at June 2, 2005 12:18 PM

No, just open up whorehouses on our side of the border.

Posted by: Sandy P. at June 2, 2005 1:03 PM

Editorial boards from my state's newspapers don't like the minuteman idea?

Color me shocked.

The AP has to be kidding in pushing a story that says groups that oppose the minuteman project oppose the minuteman project in Texas also. This is news?

Posted by: kevin whited at June 2, 2005 1:32 PM

They ran a story out here on Wednesday that a group of Minutemen supporters would be organizing their own chapter of the group this evening. The only problem is, the chapter's in Odessa, which would be roughly like trying to patrol the Canadian border by setting up a group somehwere around Yonkers.

The local press spokesman for the Border Patrol invited the group to come on down to the actual border if they wanted to -- and since the actual border this time of year in the mountianous part of Texas has temperatures in the 100-110 degree range and back roads that will chew up your average vehicle, odds are any effort that's mounted will end up attracting more media crews near the highway than finding any illegals sneaking though the canyons.

Posted by: John at June 2, 2005 2:57 PM

Opposed by "Texas civil rights groups". Well then by all means they need to call this off.

Posted by: h-man at June 2, 2005 3:04 PM


No one ever said they were smart.

Posted by: oj at June 2, 2005 3:07 PM

Why the "Minute Men" are on the Canadian border has nothing to do with racism, of course, but with the fact that Canada isn't (yet) a "Third-World" country.

Posted by: Patrick O'Hannigan at June 2, 2005 5:33 PM

The third-world starts at Windsor.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 2, 2005 6:43 PM

Found this via Lucianne:

Youth Commentary: What the Minutemen look like from streets of Oaxaca
By Angel Luna

Posted by: Sandy P. at June 2, 2005 7:27 PM


So it is about who, not what.

Posted by: oj at June 2, 2005 7:41 PM

just keep those damn albanians out.

Posted by: cjm at June 2, 2005 7:55 PM