They've come from all across the United States to a 23-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. Journalist Andy Isaacson went too, camera in hand, to document the event. As he notes in his far-reaching piece today on AlterNet, the Minutemen volunteers are "indignant at an illegal invasion that sees immigrants, drug smugglers and possible terrorists streaming across a porous and undefended border." They're also hard to typecast, he discovers, motivated by a combination of patriotism, racism, pride and xenophobia. And their goal -- more effective border control -- may be a quixotic one. Marisa Arrona adds her thoughts to the mix, considering the benefits that undocumented workers bring to the United States.
SPRINGTIME ON THE BORDER
by Andy Isaacson
Instead of waiting for Washington to take action, the Minuteman volunteers bring Washington to the border, demanding attention for an illegal immigration storm.
Springtime on the Border
THE FACE OF THE FRONTIER
by Marisa Arrona
Border vigilantes and their talk of "protecting the
frontier" obscure the real faces of Mexican immigrants and
their contributions to the United States.
The Face of the Frontier