I'm not an American citizen and I'm absolutely outraged by this news- God only knows how our cousins across the Pond feel about this one. Border patrol agents in Arizona, the area where the Minutemen did their sterling work helping to guard the border, have been ordered to stand down.
According to the Washington Times (and despite denials from the border patrol chief this information has also reached Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus) "U.S. Border Patrol agents have been ordered not to arrest illegal aliens along the section of the Arizona border where protesters patrolled last month because an increase in apprehensions there would prove the effectiveness of Minuteman volunteers".
It seems like the Bush administration is doing everything it can to subvert the safety of the nation's borders and right now a whole bunch of people- be they drug dealers, wannabe illegal immigrants or terrorists- now know that there is essentially a hole in the border through which they can safely pass.
According to the Border Patrol themselves while the Minutemen were in place the number of illegal aliens arrested dropped from five hundred a day to fifteen. Now that they have been ordered not to apprehend any more aliens that means that five hundred or maybe even more aliens crossing the border every day. In a week that works out at three thousand five hundred. In a month that's fifteen thousand.
Looks to me like someone knows that the Minutemen were effective- proving that someone was not doing the job assigned to them. Heads should roll and border security moved right to the top of the agenda.
Hat tip to Blog for Bush for the story.