Wednesday, July 13


The invective against the patriotic Minutemen organization has reached new heights in the City of Houston, with the latest vitriolic salvo coming from a former Houston police officer, now city councilman, Adrian Garcia.

Garcia is quoted by reporter Edward Hegstrom in a story in today's edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) as saying that the Houston Police Department should monitor the Minutemen, who plan to come to Houston in October to surveil illegal immigrants being hired illegally as day laborers, "as they would the KKK, as they would the Black Panthers." This kind of reckless character assassination was further amplified by Joe Rubio, Chairman of the Mayor's Advisory Committee On Immigration and Refugee Affairs, likening the Minutemen to "vigilantes."

The Minutemen, of course, are intending to do what the Houston Police department had originally announced it would be doing -- namely, photographing illegal aliens loitering on street corners and on private property, as they try to hustle day jobs. But this procedure -- to identify illegal aliens being hired illegally -- was quickly deemed politically-incorrect and the HPD quickly backed away from its role as enforcer of the law.

As the "Houston Chronicle" reported in a story published on July 6th:

The Houston Police Department has instructed officers not to photograph illegal immigrants seeking day jobs, after an incident last month prompted an outcry from an immigrant rights group.

Houston police Capt. Juan Trevino made the pledge to 400 people who attended a meeting Tuesday night organized by The Metropolitan Organization, an interfaith grass-roots political action group.

Trevino said that "an isolated handful of officers" took immigrants' photographs after a business owner on North Shepherd recently complained that they "were walking on private property."

Addressing the TMO gathering in Spanish and English, Trevino said that the Houston police department will work with the organization to encourage immigrant workers to seek work at the east side day labor center.

"We have initiated a policy where, at this time, we are instructing all officers that they cannot photograph any of the day laborers that are currently out in the field," Trevino said.

The Minuteman Project is a group of volunteer American citizens who strongly believe that the federal government is not doing enough to secure our nation's borders and that the U.S. Border Patrol is under-manned and under-funded. The Minutemen gathered in Arizona in April of this year along a notorious 23-mile stretch of contiguous border with Mexico to conduct surveillance operations in identifying illegals breeching the border and to turn that information over to the Border Patrol. There were no ensuing instances of violence or controversy. The Minutemen conducted themselves with restraint and good judgement. Their mission was an unqualified success.

It is a shame that certain local government officials in Houston resort to mean-spirited hyperbole and desparate innuendo to villify a group of citizen-patriots. One only need to look at the sordid, hate-fueled history of the KKK and the patent violence of the Black Panthers to understand just how egregious Councilman Garcia's words are.

Of course, this is all part of the "the best defense is a good offense" approach to protecting illegals and those who knowingly employ them; and, regrettably, incendiary commentary from the Left and its MSM allies continues unabated.

Illegal immigration and the security threat posed by this country's porous borders are profound problems in this country. The President of the United States and the Congress have been negligent in allowing these issues to go unaddressed for so long, and particularly post-9/11. Truly, it's an outrage, just as Councilman Garcia's likening the Minuetmen to the KKK and the Black Panther organization is outrageous and entirely invidious! He owes the Minutemen an apology.