July 09, 2005

Law Enforcement Prepares To Violate Rights Of Minutemen

This story is absolutely mind-blowing. The meeting that took place today in Houston absolutely shocks the conscience. At the risk of giving offense, the only parallel I can think of would be a meeting of local and federal law enforcement to make sure that the Klan and other racists were kept safe from the Freedom Riders during freedom summer. After all, those involved in this meeting clearly view those who would see our nation's border secured, sovereignty respected, and laws enforced as being (to borrow a phrase from the racists of the Civil Rights era) "outside agitators" seeking to stir up trouble.

The Minutemen, a group of American citizens opposed to immigration crime, are planning on monitoring the activities of immigration criminals and those who hire them this October here in Houston because local law enforcemnt have been ordered to do nothing that might frighten the border jumpers. There have already been the expected whining and threats against the Minutemen emanating from the supporters of border jumping. Naturally, the local law enforcement establishment is gearing up -- to harrass the patriotic Americans and aid and abet the immigration criminals and their employers and supporters co-conspirators.

Law enforcement officials in Houston began meeting today to discuss strategies for keeping the peace when the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps sends observers to the city in October to patrol for illegal immigrants.

"The city of Houston is a very diverse city," said Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt. "There is a great deal of harmony here, and we are not going to stand by and let some outside agency or organization come in and disrupt that harmony. We will do whatever is necessary to keep the peace in the city of Houston."

The Minutemen, a civilian organization initially set up to patrol the Mexican border, has announced plans to send observers to watch day laborers and videotape them.

At the same time, immigration rights organizations have announced that they will form an organization to counteract them.

Excuseme, Chief Hurtt -- these are going to be men and women with cameras, notebooks, and radios. What trouble are you expecting of them, given their history of non-violence? Are you planning on allowing the immigration criminals and their co-conspirators to walk away scot-free from violent actions against American citizens engaged in legal activity, while arresting and harrassing the non-violent citizens? What exactly is your problem with American citizens coming to Houston and protesting violations of American laws and sovereignty?

Of course, a certain politician with a small brain, big mouth, and bigger ego was instrumental in calling this meeting and establishing its direction.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who organized today's meeting of law enforcement officials, said she is concerned that the Minutemen's plans to expand their activities to a diverse city like Houston could become confrontational.

"I will say, as a member of Congress, I do not claim the Minutemen are criminals," said Jackson Lee, D-Houston. "I do claim they are acting in an unauthorized way and may be characterized even as militia. When that occurs in a population, what you have is a mixture of confrontation that makes the jobs of these law enforcement indivudals more difficult."

After all, Queen Sheila has previously demanded that the Minutemen be told they are not welcome in the state of Texas.

Unfortuantely, this conspiracy to violate the rights of American citizens is not limited to local law enforcement. Representatives of the federal government were also present to help plan for the suppression of the rights of those opposed to immigration crime. Note, please, that the local head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement attended this meeting, which is designed to ensure that immigration criminals are permitted to continue breaking immigration laws in the face of opposition by American citizens.

Other law enforcement officials meeting today included Harris County constables, Russell Robinson, assistant special agent in charge for the FBI in Houston, and Scot Hatfield, assistant special agent in charge for the Bureau of Immigration of Customs Enforcement in Houston.

"I think collectively we can come up with a solution to this problem as it becomes a problem," said Robinson.

Of course, there was the routine assurance that the law enforcement agencies will make sure that everyone's rights are respected.

Harris County Precinct 6 constable Victor Trevino said law enforcement will be on hand to protect everyone's rights.

"I think what is important for us is to keep the peace," he said. "And we have to ensure our community that we will be there to respond for them."

In context, though, this was nothing short of a pungent load of steaming crap. The entire purpose of the meeting was to deal with the "problem" of American citizens opposing crime, not the actual criminal activity of the border jumpers and their employers and supporters co-conspirators. Rather than devote their manpower to cleaning up even a fraction of the estimated 400,000 immigration criminals in the Houston area, they are instead seeking to hinder those who call attention to the problem. No wonder 10% of the local population is composed of immigration criminals, and more stream across the border every day. Those who should be acting to uphold the law would prefer to hinder those who call attention to the problem and the willful negligence of those who are charged with protecting the border and enforcing the law.

» UrbanGrounds links with: Houston’s MinuteMen

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Only in Texas could this stupidity survive.

|| Posted by , July 10, 2005 11:23 AM ||

My solution for illegals: heavy fines for employers ($10,000/illegal), high profile mass deportations from cities such as L.A., Phoenix, Dallas and Houston (possibly NYC and Chicago too), and a stiff tax on each and every dollar sent back to Mexico. And no more anchor babies - amend the Constitution to make the definition of citizenship crystal clear to even the dumbest ACLU member, if need be. But start first by giving every cop in the land the power to detain/deport illegals with minimal legal proceedings, and local governments the ability to seize each and every asset before shipping them off, and I don't care if they've been living here for 20 years. The illegal from Mexico that murdered the police officer here in Denver had been pulled over for traffic violations 3 times - and even went before a judge - but was allowed to roam free because of Denver's 'sanctuary policy'. He was a dishwasher in a restaurant co-owned by Mayor Hickenlooper, by the way.

|| Posted by model_1066, July 10, 2005 01:42 PM ||

I've been linked by a column from in the last day or so. I'd like to point out that, while I agree with the position that we need to quit playing ethnic politics on the imigration issue, I am not necessarily in agreement on the issue of Chief Hurtt's hiring or qualifications.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, July 22, 2005 09:05 AM ||

No, not just in Texas.

Unfortunately, we are in a WORLD of trouble in California, where we have a whole flock of Sheila Jackson Lees.

I am writing this from Campo, from the CA-Mexico border, where we have our BorderWatch right now.

If anybody is interested in what we have to put up with, please visit, and our opposition organizers, (collection of socialist, maoist, Hispanic, anarchist and OBL groups, like Gente Unida and the Border Angels).

God help us, because our elected officials have sold us out.

|| Posted by Lobo, July 22, 2005 10:09 AM ||
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