Monday, April 04, 2005

Taking The Law Into Their Own Hands

The Minuteman Project is up and running and we should be very scared.

Founded by Vietnam veteran Jim Gilchrist, this group of American "patriots" has taken arms to patrol America's border with Mexico.

Although the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over immigration, Mr. Gilchrist contends that the Minutemen are performing a job that, in his view, "the government refuses to do." By tracking illegal immigrants and reporting their presence to the Border Patrol, the Minutemen purport to heed the call of "the vast majority of Americans" who are fed up with "illegals and immigrants taking our jobs when millions of Americans cannot find full-time work, alien gangs trafficking in drugs and committing crimes, illegals crowding our schools and bankrupting our hospitals, increased urban sprawl and traffic congestion, and so on."

Since when have Americans lined up for jobs gardening or picking strawberries? Let's be serious - illegal immigrants are not responsible for L.A. traffic congestion.

Despite the innocuous descriptions of the organization and the disclaimer that it will not accept assistance from or interference by racist groups, the racist hysteria that propels the White Minutemen to action is best illustrated by the following solicitation for volunteers:

Accordingly, the men and women volunteering for this mission are those who
are willing to sacrifice their time, and the comforts of a cozy home, to muster for something much more important than acquiring more "toys" to play with while their nation is devoured and plundered by the menace of tens of millions of invading illegal aliens.

Future generations will inherit a tangle of rancorous, unassimilated, squabbling cultures with no common bond to hold them together, and a certain guarantee of the death of this nation as a harmonious "melting pot." The result: political, economic and social mayhem. Historians will write about how a lax America let its unique and coveted form of government and society sink into a quagmire of mutual acrimony among the various sub-nations that will comprise the new self-destructing

America is being devoured and plundered? Only by violators of federal securities and tax laws.

When various Black organizations (Nation of Islam, Black Panthers) took up arms to defend the Black community from lynchings and other arbitrary acts of violence, the FBI came down on them with a vengeance, admonishing Americans about the supremacy of the rule of law. In contrast, it is okay for White Americans, in the name of protecting America from non-White cultures that don't assimmilate, to create a de facto police force without objection from the government. What's next? Will the Minutemen take to the streets to combat drugs, prostitution and other common street crimes?

If the U.S. government does not do anything to stop these self-appointed police forces, we should expect to see more of these vigilante militias take it upon themselves to enforce laws that they believe are going unenforced. Quite an ominous prospect for persons of color who will likely be within their line of sight.


At 3:13 PM, April 06, 2005 , Anonymous sctrojan95 said...

Although I don't disagree with you 100%, I think you've spun your argument a little too far "left".

I agree that Jim Gilchrist is an idiot and that his motives relative to the Minuteman Project are likely tinged with personal intolerant and ignorant motives. I disagree with his motive, but I agree with their purpose. The fact remains that illegal immigrants by definition have entered the country illegally. Whether or not I agree with the merits of illegal immigrants "causing harm" to us citizens is irrelevant. And though I believe your statement "Since when have Americans lined up for jobs gardening or picking strawberries?" was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, it is inaccurate to suggest that these are the only jobs they occupy ... many work in auto repair shops, manufacturing and general construction contracting, where unfortunately, they are taken advantage of by their employer and put at serious risk of injury to themselves and others without the benefit of insurance, a decent wage, decent working conditions or any other benefits. I'm not necessarily for legislation to protect the illegal immigrant, but I am for legislation which severely punishes those employers who are found to violate what amounts to basic human rights. But I digress......

I also don't dispute your point about the treatment by the federal government of Black organizations that were formed for the protection of their people from the violence of others. While you cannot take the law into your own hands, you have a right to self-defense. In this situation, the Minutemen have been instructed to report to the Border Patrol any activity they see and not to engage with any individuals they come across. Until an individual attempting to cross the border into the U.S. is injured or killed by a Minuteman, I think we should withhold judgment on the government until we see what their reaction is. To my understanding, the U.S. Border Patrol is not in favor of the Minutemen Project, and have stated that the Minutemen are actually stressing their resources more and causing problems for them because the Minutemen are constantly tripping the sensors located along the border, which requires the Border Patrol to investigate each triggered alarm. Furthermore, the First Amendment gives the people the right to peaceably assemble and to freely associate with one another. For better or for worse, this is why we still have the Ku Klux Klan, the Michigan Militia, the Nazi Party and all the other unsavory organizations in our country. Unless and until these or any organizations breaks the peace or causes the peace to be broken, the government has no legal authority to force these groups to disband. This is why I say we should reserve judgment until someone kills or injures a Mexican trying to cross the border with his bottle of water and the clothes on his back. If that Minuteman is not arrested, tried and convicted of murder and incarcerated for 15-20, then I will praise your foresight.

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