Originally posted by CHANGELING
It is a state regulated militia
How is it regulated by the state? They have volunteers from all over the country no?
and you can produce valid ID allowing you to be in the US then no worries.
The minutemen are saying that they won't even stop anyone, that they will spot, alert the authorities, and track until the authorities come in.
If you can't you get turned over to the Border Patrol. Pretty simple. And I think the armed issue has to do with the MS-13 terrorists roaming the
countryside just savoring the idea of killing an American.
They're criminals interested in money. If they wanted to kill yankees that badly they'd certainly not need to wait for these guys to show up. MS13
is a gang that specialized apparently in human smuggling across international borders. They are originally from el salvador and are now all over the
continent. These human smuggling operations are extremely dangerous and well armed and have no problem with killing a truckload of people to avoid
capture or information about them getting out. I actually doubt that the minutemen will run into too many ms13ers, since they don't run around willy
nilly over the border or go swimming in the rio grande. Short of them setting up roadblocks, which would be illegal, they probably won't run into
them, outside of execution squads that might want to exterminate them.
Worst case scenario...MS-13 terrorists are shot by armed US citizens on our side of the border and all you 'll hear is how innocent Mexicans
were gunned down trying to find a better life
The worst case scenario is that some of these yahoos run into a cell of ms13ers, who promptly wipeout the minutement and start 'dumping' and
executing their human cargo, only to cross back over the border to get another load of cargo.
US military cannot declare war on its own citizens.
Well, yes, they won't declare war. But if violencestarts occuring, the feds are going to investigate these guys, suspend their gun liceses, arrest
them, and basically break them up.
Is this issue a federal matter or does the state have any jurisdiction?
Well, its the federal border, so I'd think that its a federal matter, even tho its also the border of the state. But I expect that arizona doesn't
actually maintain the border much. Also, the gangbangers aren't US citizens (mostly) and the minutemen suposedly come from other states, so I'd
think that its generally something that the federal government would handle.
[edit on 30-3-2005 by Nygdan]