The battle over immigration policy is heating up in the Arizona desert, where humanitarian organizations are setting up water stations to aid illegal immigrants and self-described "gun-toting patriots" are trying to catch people crossing the border illegally.Yes, our borders are much more porous than our immigration policies would have them be. However, overzealous vigilante groups are not the answer.
The newly formed Civil Homeland Defense group is conducting armed patrols of the border, citing the area as a prime spot for terrorists to enter as well.
When the flow of immigrants steps up in the coming days, many of Simcox's 300 followers--some on horseback--will try to stop people at the border. Their mission: make citizens arrests and detain the thousands who are expected to enter Arizona illegally along a desert trail just west of town.
It's become such a hot topic in these parts that Rep.-elect Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has asked the U.S. Border Patrol to keep close tabs on Simcox's group because he fears "innocent people could get shot."
Monday, December 30, 2002
Also from the Trib, an article about a border patrol group comprised entirely of everyday citizens.
By Kate at 1:58 AM