President Bush used his summit with Mexican President Vicente Fox to condemn the Minuteman Project, a group of 1,000 volunteers who plan to gather on the Arizona border starting April 1 to report illegal aliens entering the United States. Fox, through an interpreter, told Bush Wednesday the watchdog group was “hunting migrant people.” Bush’s response: “I am against vigilantes in the United States of America. I am for enforcing law in a rational way. That’s why we have a Border Patrol, and they ought to be in charge of enforcing the border.” Bush, as HUMAN EVENTS readers know, budgeted only $37 million for 210 new Border Patrol agents, even though he signed a law in December that authorized doubling the Border Patrol from about 10,000 agents to 20,000 by adding 2,000 new agents per year for five years. The Minuteman Project, meanwhile, was none too pleased by the President’s remarks. Its leaders called the group a large-scale “neighborhood watch” project that would work with police to report illegal aliens.
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