Originally Published: March 5, 2005 7:10 a.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Bush administration would have us believe that most illegal immigrants (or "undocumented workers" in the lingo of political correctness) are merely looking for a better life and taking only those jobs that Americans do not want.
Kerry Morales isn't buying that line. "Maybe 20 years ago the illegals were innocent, hard-working people," she tells the San Antonio Express-News. "Not anymore. Now they're extremely dangerous. They mean violence."
Morales, a South Texas rancher, says illegal immigrants have cut down her fences, stolen her pickup truck and broken into her home, once invading her bedroom and nearly strangling her. She says they fled after she reached for her gun.
Rather than complain to authorities, who seem unable or unwilling to stem the tide, Morales plans in April to join hundreds of other volunteers from across the country along a 20-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border where they intend to help the Border Patrol spot illegals and reduce their number.
They are calling themselves the Minuteman Project and take their inspiration from the Massachusetts militias of the 1770s. The idea of a civilian border patrol comes from Jim Gilchrist, a retired California accountant and Vietnam Marine veteran.
The volunteers say they will use night vision binoculars and other high-tech devices to help spot people crossing the border. Once they sight illegals, the volunteers say they will use cell phones and walkie-talkies to contact a command center, which will relay the information to U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Gilchrist tells the Express-News that participants will not confront migrants, nor do they intend to behave like vigilantes, taking the law into their own hands.
I like this idea. At a time when both political parties seem intent on shilling for Hispanic votes by refusing to enforce immigration laws adequately, citizens volunteering to cooperate in enforcing the laws are in the grand American tradition of power and authority flowing from the people to the government and not the reverse.
If we don't do enough to lessen the flow of illegal immigrants into this country, look for more volunteers to start enlisting in a citizens army and begin paraphrasing Paul Revere, shouting, "The illegals are coming."