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Schwarzenegger Reaffirms Support for Minutemen

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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