October 25, 2005

THE HUMAN HEART IS HARD TO EXTINGUISH:

Minuteman sent home for aiding immigrant (Louie Gilot, 10/18/05, El Paso Times)

In a strange turn of events, a Minuteman has been dismissed from the volunteer border patrol group for giving a ride, food and water to two undocumented immigrants, officials said.

The incident, which occurred two weeks ago near Hachita, N.M., led the Border Patrol to investigate whether the patroller from the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps was helping or detaining the migrants, both illegal actions. The agency presented its finding to the U.S. Attorney's office in Albuquerque, where officials declined to prosecute the case.

Minuteman officials said the man, a Colorado resident in his 50s, was driving on Highway 81 from one Minuteman encampment to another when he picked up the two migrants, who were hitchhiking.

Gary Cole, the group's operations manager, said the patroller gave the migrants food and water.


He was just discombobulated when it turned out they didn't have horns.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2005 1:32 PM
Comments

If they can neither help nor detain the immigrants, what can they do? Watch?

Posted by: pj at October 25, 2005 1:47 PM

They like to watch.

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2005 1:53 PM

So you're conceding that the Minutemen are human beings? That's a big step. What's next -- that they are patriots?

Posted by: Paul Cella at October 25, 2005 2:09 PM

They're too nationalist to be patriots.

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2005 2:14 PM

How many of us could drive past human beings in dire need without stopping to give them food and water? Illegal aliens or aliens from outer space.

Posted by: tefta at October 25, 2005 2:44 PM

Well, everyone should be happy to know that now they're working on a real problem. Keeping out those pesky Canadians.

Posted by: mc at October 25, 2005 2:57 PM

Tefta:

Tom Tancredo? Right before the bombing raid on Mecca?

Posted by: Jeff at October 25, 2005 3:31 PM

tefta:

Tom Tancredo? Right before the bombing raid on Mecca?

Posted by: Jeff at October 25, 2005 3:32 PM

Bombing Mecca. Oh, that's different. I'm all for that.

Posted by: tefta at October 25, 2005 3:43 PM

Which of these was a neighbor to him that fell in with robbers. . .Go and do thou likewise.

Food and water to people wandering in the desert--was there a question?

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 25, 2005 5:41 PM

What a perfect metaphor for the nation and immigration policy. Against immigration in theory; human and empathetic in practice.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 25, 2005 5:43 PM

They're too nationalist to be patriots

The sort of doublethink only an intellectual could produce.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 25, 2005 5:58 PM

joe:

It's the difference between Americans, who are generally patriotic, and Europeans, generally nationalist.

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2005 6:16 PM

Yes, we know what you think you mean.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 25, 2005 8:07 PM

Then what's your feigned confusion?

Posted by: oj at October 25, 2005 8:39 PM

Confusion? Bemusement more like. Watching you wrestle with your mother tongue is like watching a leper with a chainsaw.

Posted by: joe shropshire at October 25, 2005 11:30 PM

Got a dictionary? Look up nationalism and patriotism.

Posted by: oj at October 26, 2005 8:05 AM

na·tion·al·ism (nsh-n-lzm, nshn-) n. 1. Devotion to the interests or culture of one's nation. 2. The belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals. 3. Aspirations for national independence in a country under foreign domination.

pa·tri·ot·ism (ptr--tzm) n. Love of and devotion to one's country.

coun·try (kntr) n. pl. coun·tries 1.a. A nation or state. b. The territory of a nation or state; land. c. The people of a nation or state; populace: The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.

I see we're dicing fine today, chief.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 26, 2005 9:27 AM
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