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Friday, April 29, 2005

The Governor

The L.A. Times reports that Governor Schwarzenegger has praised the job done by the private border patrol group "Minutemen." The Governor said, "They've cut down the crossing of illegal immigrants a huge percentage. So it just shows that it works when you go and make an effort and when you work hard. It's a doable thing." The Governor is also reported as saying, "It's just that our federal government is not doing their job. It's a shame that the private citizen has to go in there and start patrolling our borders."

As can be imagined, certain groups have used the Governor's comments as an opportunity to attack him. The Times reports:

The leader of a Mexican American group called the governor's comments "shameful" and "nothing short of base racism."

"I think we're seeing the real Arnold Schwarzenegger. The mask has now fallen," said Nativo V. Lopez, state national president of the Mexican American Political Assn. "Those of immigrant stock should have no illusions about what his real sentiments and feelings are toward them."

Base racism? There is no mention of race in the Governor's comments. The Minutemen and the Governor oppose illegal immigration because it is I L L E G A L. Perhaps Mr. Lopez is suggesting that it is only proper to object to illegal activity so long as the perpetrator is not Hispanic. Though, I doubt that, because such a position is "nothing short of base racism." Quite simply, Mr. Lopez's comments are shameful, and the manner in which the Times grants litigimacy to such comments is equally shameful.

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