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Schwarzenegger Reaffirms Support for Minutemen

Posted on Jul 12, 2006
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From the Sacramento Bee / Anne Chadwick Williams

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The Calif. governor said about the group of private citizens who are patrolling the country’s border with Mexico, “I support any time that a civilian wants to go and do the job that law enforcement cannot do.” (Story—scroll down)

  • Ironically, the governor made the statement at a campaign stop while trying to burnish his credentials with Latino voters—many of whom view Minutemen as akin to the KKK.

  • Also, higher up in the piece: Karl Rove gets booed while trying to woo Latinos at a conference.

  • L.A. Times (half way down the piece):

    ... Immigration politics also surfaced in California’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger renewing his support for the civilian Minuteman border patrols at a campaign stop to showcase his Latino supporters in a Mexican restaurant in Lynwood.

    “I support any time that a civilian wants to go and do the job that law enforcement cannot do,” Schwarzenegger said in response to a question.

    “I’m for that. I’m not for any harassment. I’m not for anyone carrying weapons. I’m not for any of that.

    “But I have, for instance, in my house ? for years and years and years ? I’ve hired private security to take care of my house, because I felt that the police could not really cover every single house and protect the children and families.”

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    By Immigration Reform, July 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment
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    The second link goes to a self-described “socialist newsweekly”. The reader might want to filter their opinion accordingly. Then, the intellectually curious reader might want to google “Nativo Lopez”, and take a look at some of his other views. For instance, he was kicked off the largely Hispanic Santa Ana School Board (in, of course, the largely Hispanic Santa Ana) for his extremist views.

    As for Arnold’s comments, the reader will also note that they’re quite in line with not only neighborhood watches but also the thoughts of the founders of this country.

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    By Robert, July 12, 2006 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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    Is he serious about this or is he just returning to his roots.  Remember, his father was a Nazi.
    But there’s nothing in the German/Austrian DNA that makes for racism as Deutchland’s is now a stalwart on human rights.  What is it then that renders the Minutemen (America’s Brown Shirts) so irresistable to him?  Oh, I forgot, opportunism, that’s been his trademark.

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