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One cheer for the Washington Post [Peter
 – 03/07/05

It would be churlish not to
acknowledge that the Washington Post`s long story
today about the inadequacy of America`s attempt to
prevent illegals crossing the border from Mexico has
real merit—besides being one of the Post`s most
viewed articles, a good sign. [An
Often-Crossed line in the Sand
by Kevin
Sullivan, March 7, 2005. Access requires free

  • First of all, the story exists.
     Have you seen anything like it in the Wall Street

  • Secondly, it draws attention to
    the fact that many coming over are bad guys:

“…Officials said they
have caught more than 53,000 people with criminal
records—including about 9,000 felony offenders—since
September, when a new computerized system was started to
allow agents to quickly check a migrant`s background
against the FBI`s database… That night, in this 40-mile
stretch of border alone, 229 people were caught and
taken to the processing trailer. Two hundred were later
returned to Mexico and nine were held because they had
criminal records”

(From this and other evidence in the story the
proportion of bad guys seems about 5 %.)

  • Thirdly, the story acknowledges
    that apprehension works, at one point saying—

“U.S. officials made 1.1
million apprehensions along the border last year, a 24
percent increase over the year before…But experts in
both countries estimate that perhaps 500,000 or more
still make it through each year.”

And at another—

“Agents estimated that
for every immigrant they catch, at least one or two more
make it through.”

Either of which sounds like a success rate high
enough to encourage further efforts.

Of course, the story has the usual tear-jerking
component. It sentimentalizes over

“new…travelers, their
backpacks filled with tortillas and toilet paper, their
heads filled with dreams of America….”

…and quotes people who don`t want to deal with the
problem, notably the appalling  Sen. John Cornyn (Defeatist-TX) chairman of the
Senate Judiciary immigration sub-committee:

“I don`t believe you can
build a wall high enough or wide enough to keep out
people who have no hope or opportunity where they live."

But my main reaction about this story: how much Big
Media is being eclipsed by the Internet. Not so many
years ago, this story probably wouldn`t have happened

LA Times
). The wise quotation from James

Minuteman Project
web site

“According to the group`s
Web site, the United States is being `devoured and
plundered by the menace of tens of millions of invading
illegal aliens.` Unless illegal immigration is curbed,
it warns, `Future generations will inherit a tangle of
rancorous, unassimilated, squabbling cultures.`

could have been dodged. The scurvy trick of not
actually naming the Minuteman site would have worked (No
cigar, boys – 12 year olds know to Google on

James Gilchrist illegal immigration

But now those who follow this issue seriously are
aware that the Post is still behind the

Today`s development: threats by a Latin American


the Minutemen (Hat tip,

Modern Tribalist

We Can Play Word Games Too! [A Reader] – 03/07/05

Minutemen Project
volunteers are not

They`re "undocumented Border Patrol agents."