Friday, April 08, 2005


Yeah, I'm sure Malkin's new immigration blog will conveniently miss this story, or try to paint the volunteers as 'true patriots'. I still have to wonder, how're the authorities gonna figure it out if some Minutemen start shooting illegal immigrants rather than make them pose for stupid pictures?

Migrant Posed for Minutemen Photograph TUCSON — Authorities determined Thursday that three volunteers involved in a civilian project to watch the border and report illegal crossers had an illegal immigrant pose for a flippant photograph but did not hold him against his will. The Mexican man had told sheriff's deputies he was detained and forced to pose for a picture holding a T-shirt with a mocking slogan. A review of a 15-minute videotape provided by Bryan Barton, one of the three volunteers, showed that the T-shirt the man was holding read: "Bryan Barton caught an illegal alien and all I got was this lousy T-shirt." Barton was wearing a shirt with the same slogan. "The county attorney's office reviewed all available evidence, that indicates that there was no forcible detention. Therefore the case is not substantiated, and no charges are pending," said Carol Capas, a spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's department, Mexican Consul Miguel Escobar and the U.S. Border Patrol also agreed that the 26-year-old man was not detained, said Capas and Border Patrol spokeswoman Andrea Zortman. The man, who was not identified, apparently did not initially tell a Border Patrol agent he had been detained but did so when interviewed later by sheriff's deputies, Capas said. The man alleged that when he tried to get away, the volunteers ran in front of him and would not let him go by. The volunteers involved in Wednesday's incident identified themselves as members of the Minuteman Project — a monthlong effort that has people from around the country spread out along a stretch of the border between southeastern Arizona and Mexico to report illegal migrants and smugglers. Law enforcement officials have said they feared the project would lead to vigilante violence. Mexico's foreign ministry also pledged in the days leading up to the civilian operation to pursue all legal and diplomatic means to stop the volunteers and ensure that they do not violate the rights of Mexican citizens. The immigrant who complained was still in Border Patrol custody, officials said.
Thanks very much to Rox Populi, which I swear I'm not stalking, for posting this story.


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