Friday, April 29, 2005

Schwarzenegger praises Minuteman border volunteers

LA Times:

Calling the nation's borders dangerously porous, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday praised the private "Minuteman" campaign that uses armed volunteers to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.

Schwarzenegger said in a radio interview that the federal government is failing to secure the border with Mexico, and he cast the hundreds of private citizens who have been patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border since April 1 as a popular response to government inaction.

"I think they've done a terrific job," Schwarzenegger said of the "Minuteman" volunteers, who plan to expand to California in June. "They've cut down the crossing of illegal immigrants a huge percentage. So it just shows that it works when you go and make an effort and when you work hard. It's a doable thing."

The governor added that, "It's just that our federal government is not doing their job. It's a shame that the private citizen has to go in there and start patrolling our borders."

President Bush has denounced the Minuteman volunteers as vigilantes.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed surprise that Schwarzenegger would be "praising efforts by untrained volunteers to patrol the borders. The best course … would be to add an additional 2,000 border patrol agents."

The leader of a Mexican American group called the governor's comments "shameful" and "nothing short of base racism."

"I think we're seeing the real Arnold Schwarzenegger. The mask has now fallen," said Nativo V. Lopez, state national president of the Mexican American Political Assn. "Those of immigrant stock should have no illusions about what his real sentiments and feelings are toward them."

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At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pathetic how quickly these ethnic hacks trot out "racism"; it just shows they have no other argument.

The whole storm about Schwarzenegger's remark was asinine -- everyone knows by 'closing' the border he meant stopping illegal immigration. It is increasingly difficult to take public political discourse in the US seriously.


Actually, it's the inverse: these moments help to show the true agenda and priorities (which definitely don't include immigration law enforcement, since it means more of 'them', in the 'us' vs 'them' sense) of these ethnopoliticians and ethnoactivists, and I hope will also help to highlight in the minds of thinking Americans the danger of an increasingly ethnically fragmented America.

At 1:41 AM, Blogger The Sovereign Editor said...

I talked about this one on my blog. Did anyone notice the biased reporting in this article? Look at the opening paragraph. "Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday praised the private "Minuteman" campaign that uses armed volunteers to stop illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S. [emphasis added]" Anyone who actually knows what it is that the Minutemen do can see this is irresponsible reporting on the part of the LA times. It is technically not untrue; I guess that's how they can get away with it. But that's like saying that the new pope was a member of the Hitler Youth -- and not giving any more information to the reader. It can lead the uninformed reader to draw conclusions completely different from what the reality is.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Adam Lawson said...

The LA Times is a pro-immigration newspaper so it is not surprising that they try to portray the Minuteman volunteers in a negative light.

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