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The Minutemen: Left of Center View

The Minutemen organization seems to be nothing more than a group of bigoted bullies with an axe to grind against the Mexican people. When you visit the "Minuteman Project" website, you see a veritable plethora of racist articles quoting questionable sources about the “impact” of “illegals” on our society. There are articles defending the shooting and sometimes killing of Mexican nationals trying to enter the United States simply to find a better life than is possible for them in Mexico.

Jim Gilchrist is an ex-Marine with strong ties to the Republican Party and despite his claims of running a “multi-ethnic” group, the vast majority of his supporters are not multi-ethnic but rather strikingly mono-ethnically Caucasian. Rumors of ties to white-supremist organizations have surfaced on several occasions but have not been proven to any level of certainty. While he says that he supports diversity you cannot see it in his organization and the rhetoric posted on his website does not lend credence to his claims of his organization being a benign entity.

The sidebar of the “Minuteman Project” website is basically an indictment of being Mexican in the United States. From the “Alien Criminals” to the “Crime and Gangs” links it’s just non-stop Mexico bashing. Especially disturbing is their “Hate Mail” link that leads you to obviously the most outlandish of the e-mails they get from visitors. There are no e-mails posted that make intelligent arguments against their organization but there are plenty with misspellings and horrible grammar. Clearly the organization picks and chooses the letters they post to make anyone opposed to them seem like an idiot or a would-be terrorist.

Taken on the whole it is hard to take the Minuteman Project seriously as anything more than a racist organization bent on total US isolationism. Anyone that joins this organization in the hopes of making America better will likely be sorely disappointed.

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The Minutemen: Right of Center View

Jim Gilchrist is an American who is doing what he thinks is best for America. While I can’t fault him for that, I don’t always like his tactics or statements. There are most definitely issues in our nation caused by illegal immigration and I think that we do need more people patrolling the borders but armed vigilantes is not the best way to go in my opinion.

There are some things that the group has done that are positive. They do push for legislation to strengthen our immigration laws and fortify our borders to lower the risk of illegal entry into our nation not only by immigrants looking to take American jobs but also those who would do harm to Americans for political or religious reasons. He is right that our laws need to be better enforced if we are to have safety and security now and in the future. The thing I think he does that is a mistake is to focus most of his energy on Mexican immigrants. He, along with everyone else it would seem, is forgetting about the immigrants coming in from places other than South of the border. What about Asian immigrants and European people overstaying their visas to the point of setting up shop on a permanent basis.

The Minuteman Project has one major good idea and that is to get average Americans involved. We need to be vigilant in looking at illegal immigration from all sides and recognize all sources of it. This is not just about Mexicans coming across the border. This is about America taking on more people than our nation can bear from all sides. The land of opportunity doesn’t offer much to anyone if we become as crowded as India and have no jobs to give to the people living here. Whether they come over the fence from Mexico, by cargo container from China or in a business class seat from England, we need to say enough is enough to all illegal immigration before everyone loses.
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Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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