Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Illegal border crossings test

fiber of American democracy

I was shocked to learn from the April 4 article "Private volunteers patrol a porous border" that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona "has trained dozens of volunteers to monitor the minutemen."

Traditionally, the ACLU has protected Americans' rights from government abuses. It is a sad day indeed when the ACLU is training "monitors" to spy on other Americans exercising their rights.

Clearly, the ACLU has taken on a political agenda. We now have to worry about abuses from both the government and the ACLU.Warren Harrison Portland, Ore.

I do sleep better at night knowing that we have the minutemen helping out on the Arizona border. I just hope that we haven't waited too long to start patrolling.

I'm afraid that too many terrorists and foreigners have already made their way into this country illegally, and we will be dealing with them for years to come.

Individually, I can feel sorry for the plight of illegals, but collectively they cause the quality of life to diminish for US citizens.

This problem will only continue to grow and become too big to handle and we will forever be dealing with it. We must take action now, and the minutemen are there to help. Nora Clark Franklin, N.C.

Regarding the April 7 article "Border family's strange encounters with illegal crossers": The Garners' experience, and the experiences of my friends living on the Arizona-Mexico border, have several messages:

First, illegal border crossings are out of control and cannot be stopped indefinitely by patrolling our borders; second, where there is illegal crossing, there will be illegal drugs and a means for those who want to harm us to enter; and third, the key policy change to resolve this crisis is to make employing illegals unprofitable.

All that is required to wean our economy from the addiction to low-cost illegal workers is the political will to do so.

Because that will is lacking, at least so far, we see the volunteer border observers carrying out a time-honored tradition of "if the government won't take care of of the problem, we will. …

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