Protestors protest against the Minutemen. The Minutemen are a group of citizens who have organized border patrols in a bid to catch illegal immigrants before they cross into America:
“LAS VEGAS — Protesters on Sunday gathered outside a meeting where members of a controversial civilian group that has been monitoring the Mexican border gathered with other activists seeking to curb illegal immigration. More than 150 demonstrators used placards and bullhorns and waved Mexican flags to get their message out: “Racists, go home!” they screamed. Hundreds of people had gathered for the two-day summit titled “Unite to Fight Against Illegal Immigration” at a Las Vegas convention center.”
Is protesting them an act of war?
“In a 45-minute speech Sunday, [Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist] said a declaration of war is committed every time a Mexican flag is planted on American soil. “If this isn’t a declaration of war, I don’t know what is,” Gilchrist said.”
I always thought a declaration of war was someone actually declaring war. When people fly Irish flags on their home, does that mean the Irish are declaring war on America? How about those Spring flags, with flowers and butterflies? Is Mother Nature declaring war?
Especially in a post 9/11 world, we need better monitoring of our borders. However, a vigilante group with no oversight is not the answer. Even though some Border Patrol officials “have said the group was little more than a nuisance,” Minutemen claim to have almost 900 in their organization. This is not a handful of vigilantes. This is a large militia.
I don’t know what the law says about their behavior. I guess if it was illegal, somebody would have sued them by now. Do they make citizen’s arrests? Is there really such a legal thing as citizen’s arrest? I’ve only seen that in the movies. Nonetheless, Minutemen are not the answer. If the government wants to clear up the problem, they need to hire and train more Border Patrol officers (there’s a solution for you!).