4/29/2005 - ( CD - Minutemen ) Gov. of Calif praises Minutemen campaign...
- Los Angeles Times
>Gov. Praises 'Minuteman' Campaignbeen
>Schwarzenegger says group's patrols against illegal immigrants have
>effective. One critic calls remarks 'nothing short of base racism.'Arnold
>By Peter Nicholas and Robert Salladay
>Times Staff Writers
>April 29, 2005
>SACRAMENTO - Calling the nation's borders dangerously porous, Gov.
>Schwarzenegger on Thursday praised the private "Minuteman" campaignthat
>uses armed volunteers to stop illegal immigrants from crossing intothe
>Schwarzenegger said in a radio interview that the federal government
>failing to secure the border with Mexico, and he cast the hundreds ofsince
>private citizens who have been patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border
>April 1 as a popular response to government inaction."They've
>"I think they've done a terrific job," Schwarzenegger said of the
>"Minuteman" volunteers, who plan to expand to California in June.
>cut down the crossing of illegal immigrants a huge percentage. So itjust
>shows that it works when you go and make an effort and when you workhard.
>It's a doable thing."there
>The governor added that, "It's just that our federal government is not
>doing their job. It's a shame that the private citizen has to go in
>and start patrolling our borders."patrol
>President Bush has denounced the Minuteman volunteers as vigilantes.
>U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) expressed surprise that
>Schwarzenegger would be "praising efforts by untrained volunteers to
>the borders. The best course . would be to add an additional 2,000border
>The leader of a Mexican American group called the governor's comments
>"shameful" and "nothing short of base
>"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
>about what his real sentiments and feelings are toward them."should
>Just last week, Schwarzenegger and his aides sought to clarify his
>statement to a convention of newspaper publishers that the nation
>"close the borders." Before his speech was over, an aide toldreporters
>that Schwarzenegger had meant to say that the U.S. should secure itsWilson, a
>borders - not shut them down.
>Schwarzenegger has frequently sought advice from former Gov. Pete
>Republican who used the issue of illegal immigration to fuel hisreelection
>campaign in 1994. Schwarzenegger also has hired several former Wilsonstaff
>members, includinghis chief of staff, Pat Clarey.
>An organizer of what is being called the "Minuteman Project," Chris
>said he welcomed Schwarzenegger's endorsement.will
>"It's gratifying to see that elected officials are responding to the
>of the people," Simcox said in an interview Thursday.patrolling
>He said there are about 15,000 volunteers who have committed to
>the border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The group isalso
>incorporating, assembling a staff and opening a national fundraisingSchwarzenegger.
>campaign, Simcox said. He added that he planned to call
>Volunteers may carry firearms if they choose, he said, but they obey
>local laws. Their practice is not to apprehend people but to reportsaid.
>instances of illegal crossings, he said.
>"We don't involve ourselves in taking the law into our own hands," he
>Margita Thompson, the governor's press secretary, said: "At this
>governor does not oppose" the group coming to California.not
>As far as the charge of racism against the governor, she said: "It's
>racist to ask the federal government to enforce its laws. Everyoneshould
>be united in wanting to protect our national security."by
>In his interview with KFI-AM (640), the governor said he was deeply
>troubled by illegal crossings and what he described as an inadequate
>federal effort to tighten borders. He said he was especially disturbed
>footage he had seen recently on Fox News showing "hundreds andhundreds of
>illegal immigrants coming across the border."water
>Schwarzenegger said the nation is sending the wrong signal by making
>available to migrants as a convenience.as Humane Borders and No More
>Humanitarian and religious groups, such
>Deaths, provide water for immigrants crossing the border. Federalwildlife
>officials have provided water stations in the desert for animals buthave
>been criticized for not providing enough for people.securing
>Said Schwarzenegger, "What we're doing basically is, by not really
>the borders, we're saying: 'Look, here are the various water stations.Here
>are the places where you can cross the borders. Here is where we'regoing
>to help you.' The whole system is set up to really invite people tocome in
>here illegally, and that has to stop."group,
>Enrique Morones, president of the Border Angels, an immigrant rights
>responded to the governor's comments. "I assure you, nobody is cominghere
>for the water, and the stations we have set up by variousorganizations is
>a humanitarian effort.respond to Arnold Schwarzenegger; we respond to a higher
>authority. We're a nonpolitical, humanitarian organization."problem as
>Asked by the hosts of the "John and Ken Show" why Bush called the
>volunteers vigilantes, Schwarzenegger said: "I really cannot tell you
>exactly what his thinking is. I'm sure he's trying to solve the
>well as anyone can. And he maybe has more information than you and Ihave.
>Why he has a policy about the border the way he has, I don't know.I've not
>had that conversation with him.furious
>"But the next time I see him, I will have that conversation."
>Schwarzenegger's opponents in the Legislature voiced outrage at the
>Aides to Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu�ez (D-Los Angeles) said he was
>and promptly called Schwarzenegger to complain.Gate, blasted
>Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, a Democrat from South
>governor's comments as "scapegoating and immigrant bashing."uphold
>"To support vigilantism is completely against the oath he took" to
>the law, De La Torre said. "It goes way beyond normal law enforcement,to say
>normal border patrol jurisdiction. It's just off the charts. For him
>this puts him to the right of President Bush. This is completely outof the
>mainstream in California."Spanish-language Los
>In the same radio interview, the governor also asked a
>Angeles television station, KRCA-TV Channel 62, to remove a billboardit
>erected with the words "Los Angeles, Mexico." The governor said suchmore
>sentiments - implying that Los Angeles was now part of Mexico - would
>encourage illegal immigration.
>Some conservatives welcomed Schwarzenegger's comments.
>"Obviously, we are very happy the governor is beginning to side
>more with those of us who have been taking the problems with illegalaliens
>seriously," said Mike Spence, president of the California Republicanare a
>Assembly, a volunteer group. "The governor gets that illegal aliens
>problem facing California."
>Times staff writer Richard Marosi contributed to this report from San
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