Millions of illegal immigrants stream across the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico unimpeded every year. U.S. authorities capture approximately one in four. The Mexican government is doing nothing to stop its people from coming to the U.S., and in fact encourages illegal immigrants to enter the U.S.
President Bush apparently doesn’t care about this, and in fact may approve of Mexicans coming into the U.S. to work. If he thinks there is a security risk of terrorists coming into the U.S. through Mexico, you can’t tell it by the way he has addressed this problem.
Americans are fed up with this situation. About 80 percent reportedly want something done. A group of citizens calling themselves the Minutemen has dispatched its members along a 20-mile segment of the border in Texas to watch for illegal entrants coming across the border and notify the Border Patrol so that it can arrest the illegal entrants.
President Bush has criticized this effort of American citizens to guard the borders that their government has refused to adequately guard. He called them “vigilantes.” That may have been more a poor choice of language rather than an honest characterization by Mr. Bush of these Americans’ actions. If he truly meant to accuse the Minutemen of vigilantism, that is an outrage.
The ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, which proclaims its allegiance and dedication to protecting the freedoms guaranteed to Americans by our Constitution, is on the border making sure the American citizens in the Minutemen don’t infringe on the rights of the Mexican criminals illegally entering the U.S.
Question: Could this situation be any more absurd?