While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are.My Spanish is feeble, but even I can pick up the gist of the Foreign Relations site. The Minutemen are vigilantes and the rights of Mexican "connacionales" must be protected. The increminating suggestion that violence is a Minuteman tactic is risible, considering how immaculately the Minutemen have conducted themselves while the accounts of property and livestock damage, littering, trespassing, and other crimes committed by the aliens are a plenty.
According to three documents on the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Web site, the U.S. Border Patrol is to notify the Mexican government as to the location of
Minutemen and other civilian border patrol groups when they participate in apprehending illegal immigrants -- and if and when violence is used against border crossers.
US Customs isn't trying to hide what's going on:
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed the notification process, describing it as a standard procedure meant to reassure the Mexican government that migrants' rights are being observed.The Mexican government is not a friend. Mexico exports its social problems to the US and gets $17 billion in remittances for doing so. Mexico doesn't want to aid us in the drug war. Mexico doesn't believe in our sovereignty. Why is the US government concerned about reassuring the Mexican government when at home the populous is overwhelmingly unassured (from Parapundit):
Thirteen percent of respondents in a new Zogby Interactive poll approved of Mr. Bush's handling of immigration, and 9 percent approved of his handling of border security. Among conservative and very conservative people, he was below 25 percent.Treacherous. The Minutemen have been incredibly effective in halting the influx where they've been on post. Administration marionettes in the Border Patrol (these are supervisors--much of the information exposing the government's dereliction has come from anonymous BP agents who fear reprisal for telling the truth) have tried hard to downplay the Minutemen's success. They are lying. If concerned citizens can put a dent in the flow of impoverished lawlessness into the US, obviously our government can almost stop it cold. We need a wall. While it's being built, we need the National Guard to back up the Border Patrol.