I was never particularly excited about the Minuteman Project, where citizens patrol the border because our government is doing a crappy job of it. The president called them vigilantes but, with the president’s failure to take adequate steps to secure the borders, consider the source. The real significance of the Minuteman project is to draw attention to our porous borders and it has done that.
So, how are the Minutemen doing? Depends who you ask.
USA Today reports that the volunteers are disruptive:
Volunteers who have converged on the Mexican border to watch for illegal immigrants are disrupting U.S. Border Patrol operations by tripping sensors that alert agents to possible intruders, an agency spokesman complained Monday.
The AP, however, reports that it’s paying off:
Participants helped federal agents make 18 arrests near Naco, authorities said Sunday. The volunteers were surveying the border to familiarize themselves with the area before starting their regular, monthlong patrols Monday.
Meanwhile, the .gov will tighten border controls by 2008.
Update: An article I was emailed (can’t find a link to it – for future reference, send me a link too) states that:
Citizens take posts on the border; 118 illegals caught, officials say
FoxNews confirms that 118 were spotted.
Update 2: In comments, there’s a link to an article that claims the Minutemen have stopped 141 illegal aliens. I wonder how many the Border Patrol gets in a comparable time period?