Kris Kobach, former counsel to Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft
"Hundreds of Americans have traveled to southern Arizona to surveil the border with Mexico. They call themselves the Minutemen, and the concept is very simple ? bringing attention to the chaotic border situation. The Bush administration doesn't like this one bit and the office of Homeland Security has encouraged its Border Patrol supervisors to say bad things about the Minutemen. But every poll shows a majority of Americans is fed up with illegal immigration. President Bush has gotten away with doing little, while Democrats and the left also have no border solution. It's simply irresponsible to criticize private citizens trying to do something about a bad situation without providing an alternative solution. Talking Points applauds the Minutemen. They are in the great tradition of neighborhood watch groups. If the Bush administration doesn't like it, then put a larger federal presence on the border so the Minutemen can go home. It's that simple. There comes a time when all fair minded Americans have to understand that an open border is dangerous. I just hope that time isn't after another attack on civilians in this country. So three cheers for the Minutemen. Like their ancestors in Concord and Lexington, they're making a statement. And we all should respect that."
Former Justice Department official Kris Kobach joined The Factor with more on the Minutemen and the chaos at the border. He revealed that Mexican authorities actually seem to be helping lawbreakers evade the Minutemen patrols. "The Mexican government recently moved 1,000 troops to the region where the Minutemen are. The troops are diverting all the illegal alien traffic and all the drug smuggling traffic away from the Minutemen. They don't want the Minutemen to intercept drug smugglers because that would be embarrassing to Mexico." Kobach said President Bush was wrong to refer to the Minutemen as "vigilantes." "I think vigilante was a poor choice of words. A vigilante takes the law into his own hands, whereas these Minutemen are working within the normal law enforcement channels."