While Minuteman civilian patrols are keeping an eye out for illegal border crossers, the U.S. Border Patrol is keeping an eye out for Minutemen -- and telling the Mexican government where they are.
This is crazy. First, the US government refuses to protect our wide-open border at a time when we know we have terrorists trying to sneak into the country in order to do us harm. Then when a few citizens band together to provide for the common defense (a duty assigned to the national government in the Constitution), the government works to undermine their efforts. This is borderline treasonous.
Border Patrol agents interviewed by the Daily Bulletin said they have been asked to report to sector headquarters the location of all civilian volunteer groups, but to not file the groups' names in reports if they spot illegal immigrants.
"Last year an internal memo notified all agents not to give credit to Minuteman volunteers or others who call in sightings of illegal aliens," said one agent, who spoke on the condition he not be identified. "We were told to list it as a citizen call and leave it at that. Many times, we were told not to go out to Minuteman calls."
So in other words, we'll let agents of foreign governments know how to evade our laws, and then deliberately not enforce them is we do manage to catch someone breaking them anyway.
I think John Derbyshire has it right