The (Anti) American Civil Liberties Union Goes Vigilante on the Minutemen

On April Fools` Day, the American
Civil Liberties Union will show us what a joke its
commitment to American civil liberties really is.

April 1st, in case you haven`t
heard, is the launch of the
Minuteman Project
, an

effort by law-abiding American
citizens to call attention to the nation`s

wide open southern border.
Hundreds of Americans
from New York to Michigan to California will travel down
to the U.S.-Mexico border for a month to monitor illegal
aliens and alert immigration enforcement officials if
they witness law-breaking.

Call it the mother of all

neighborhood watch

In doing so, the Minutemen will be
exercising their constitutionally protected freedom of
speech, freedom of assembly and freedom to petition the
government for a redress of grievances. Those would be
fundamental civil liberties found in something called
the, uh,

First Amendment
, of which the ACLU is supposed to be
the foremost expert and champion. Or so the group and

celebrity supporters
say. In sanctimonious new
fund-raising ad campaigns, the organization features the
likes of liberal actress

Holly Hunter,
who asks:

"Do you
want to be heard without fear? I am not an American who
believes that questioning or criticizing my government
is unpatriotic."

Uh-huh. "Dissent

the Left likes to

. Except, apparently, if the questioning and
criticizing deals with the government`s abject failure
to enforce immigration laws. Minuteman Project founder
Jim Gilchrist has been harassed by open-borders
activists at his home. The group is

reportedly being targeted

savage illegal alien gangsters
from Mara Salvatrucha
(a.k.a. MS-13). Mexican government officials are
lobbying American law enforcement officials to suppress
the Minutemen`s rights to speak and assemble.

But instead of coming to the
defense of the Minutemen who are challenging our
government, the ACLU has warned the 1,000 volunteers
that it will send monitors to document the Americans`
activities. Moreover, the ACLU has already threatened
lawsuits against the American dissenters for exercising
their rights.

This bullying of pro-immigration
enforcement activists comes as no surprise to those of
us who have followed the ACLU`s aggressive open-borders
agenda — from its support for driver`s licenses for
illegal aliens, to its opposition to detaining illegal
alien terror suspects after 9/11 and profiling foreign
visitors from terror-friendly countries, to its efforts
to stop local and state law enforcement officers from
helping federal homeland security efforts.

ACLU of Arizona spokesman Ray
Ybarra argues that the mere presence of the Minutemen at
the border constitutes "unlawful imprisonment" of
illegal (excuse me, "undocumented") aliens (excuse me,
"migrants"). Ybarra told the Washington Times
that the ACLU will have

lawyers on standby
ready to file civil cases against
the volunteers. He warned that the Minutemen could
"come to our state as `vigilantes` and end up leaving as
to keep tabs on protest
by Jerry Seper, March
21, 2005]

The Minutemen have

made it clear
on their

and in repeated statements that they
"will not violate anyone`s civil rights, and will not
abuse anyone from any country. . . . We will alert
border patrol to the location of illegals, and wait for
[the Border Patrol] to come and pick them up. We will
follow illegal aliens from a distance and continue
spotting them until authorities answer our cell phone
and/or back-pack radio calls. All spotting, calls for
assistance, and the response from the appropriate
authorities will be chronicled and provided to any media

Contrary to the ACLU and mainstream
media representations of the group as racists and
immigrant-bashers, the Minutemen are a diverse volunteer
group that includes Americans of Mexican, Armenian,
Russian, Lebanese, Indian and Cuban descent; and black
and Native American minorities. Also among the
volunteers are 19 legal immigrants from Mexico, Peru,
Russia, New Zealand, England, Australia and the

By recklessly linking the Minutemen
to white separatists and casting them as outlaws, the
civil liberties crowd engages in the very
guilt-by-association smear tactics it has so loudly
condemned. And in putting the protection of illegal
aliens` rights over law-abiding Americans` civil
liberties, the ACLU demonstrates on which side of the
border its true allegiances lie.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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