Maybe the Minuteman Project Is a Good Idea
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has praised the Minuteman Project, AP reports. The governor said the group has done a good job of cutting down on illegal border crossings.
Make no mistake, there is an underlying xenophobia in the Minuteman Project. You can see it in their mission statement which makes no mention of terrorism but does say:
[T]he 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."
That is not the mission statement of a group concerned with the economic or security consequences of an unprotected border. This a group who’s paranoid that their culture will be supplanted by a foreign one.
That’s discomforting, but does it make the project a bad idea? Our southern border is terribly unprotected. The numerous economic consequences of illegal immigration would alone give need to better protection. Add to that the ease with which terrorists could enter the country and the Minuteman Project doesn’t seem all that crazy of an idea.
There are literally hundreds of men and women willing to stand guard on our borders for free. Is there not some way for state governments or the federal government to use this energy to create an official corps of minutemen volunteers? A little training and a few sensible regulations is probably be all that would be required to turn this group into an asset.
It’s worth looking into. Maybe Schwarzenegger’s California can lead the way.